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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having no home or haven.
  • noun People without homes considered as a group. Often used with the.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Destitute of a home.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Destitute of a home.
  • noun plural Those people who have no permanent residence, especially those who live outdoors due to poverty; usually used in the definite phrase the homeless.

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  • adjective Lacking a permanent place of residence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun someone unfortunate without housing
  • noun poor people who unfortunately do not have a home to live in
  • adjective without nationality or citizenship
  • adjective physically or spiritually homeless or deprived of security

Etymologies

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From Middle English *homles, *hamles, from Old English hāmlēas ("homeless"), equivalent to home +‎ -less. Cognate with Danish hjemløs ("homeless"), Swedish hemlös ("homeless"). Compare also German heimatlos ("homeless"), Icelandic heimilislaus ("homeless").

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