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house noun 1 a building in which people, especially a single family, live. 2 the people living in such a building. 3 an inn or public house. 4 in compounds a building used for a specified purpose an opera-house. 5 a a business firm a publishing house; b as adj the house journal. 6 the audience in a theatre, a theatre itself or a performance given there. 7 (often the House) the legislative body that governs a country, especially either chamber in a bicameral system the House of Commons the House of Lords. 8 (the House) a in Oxford: Christ Church College; b in London: the Stock Exchange; c in London: the Houses of Parliament. 9 (House) a family, especially a noble or royal one the House of Hanover. 10 astrol one of the twelve divisions of the heavens. 11 Brit one of several divisions of pupils at a large school. 12 a a college or university building in which students live; b a building at a boarding-school in which pupils live. 13 a building in which members of a religious community live; a convent. 14 house music. verb (housed, housing) 1 to provide with a house or similar shelter. 2 to store. 3 to protect by covering. bring the house down colloq to evoke loud applause in a theatre; to be a great success. keep house to manage a household. keep open house to be hospitable or provide entertainment for all visitors. like a house on fire colloq 1 very well They get on like a house on fire. 2 very quickly. on the house said of food, drink, etc: at the expense of the manager or owner; free of charge. put or set one's house in order to organize or settle one's affairs. safe as houses see under safe. set up house to begin one's own domestic life.
ETYMOLOGY: Anglo-Saxon hus.
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