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Definition of "household" []

  • A domestic unit consisting of the members of a family who live together along with nonrelatives such as servants. (noun)
  • The living spaces and possessions belonging to such a unit. (noun)
  • A person or group of people occupying a single dwelling: the rise of nonfamily households. (noun)
  • Of, relating to, or used in a household: household appliances. (adjective)
  • Commonly known; familiar: has become a household name. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "household" in a sentence
  • "It seems that the 'fairness' wonks get away with using 'household' based purely on irrelevant thesis, i.e., the fallacy that since, ultimately, the earner's (s ') income must support a * household*, that it's therefore the household's total income that "counts" for comparison purposes, not the individual earners'."
  • "These days, the major breadmaker in the household is yours truly, and though I don't have a ton more time on my hands than my mom did a couple years ago, I'm a little bit freer as to how I spend my leisure hours."
  • "Your bottom line might be going to bed an hour earlier so you can rise earlier to write while the rest of the household is asleep or to get some writing in before rushing to your day job."