1(of an animal or plant) kept in, frequenting, or infesting buildings.
2relating to a firm, institution, or society:a house journal (of a band or group) resident or regularly performing in a club or other venue: the house band
1a building for human habitation, especially one that consists of a ground floor and one or more upper storeys: a house of Cotswold stone [as modifier]:house prices the people living in a house; a household:make yourself scarce before you wake the whole house a noble, royal, or wealthy family or lineage; a dynasty:the power and prestige of the House of Stewart
chiefly Scottish a dwelling that is one of several in a building.
[with modifier] a building in which animals live or in which things are kept:a hen house 2a building in which people meet for a particular activity:a house of prayer a firm or institution:a fashion house (the House) British informal the Stock Exchange. a restaurant or inn:help yourself to a drink, compliments of the house! [as modifier]:a carafe of house wine a theatre:a hundred musicians performed in front of a full house British a performance in a theatre or cinema:tickets for the first house 3a religious community that occupies a particular building:the Cistercian house at Clairvaux a residential building for pupils at a boarding school: a house of 45 boarders [as modifier]:a house prefect British each of a number of groups into which pupils at a day school are divided for games or competition. British formal a college of a university. 4a legislative or deliberative assembly:the sixty-member National Council, the country’s upper house (the House) (in the UK) the House of Commons or Lords; (in the US) the House of Representatives: the government commanded an overall majority in the House used in formal debates that mimic the procedures of a legislative assembly:a debate on the motion ‘This house would legalize cannabis’
5 (also house music) [mass noun] a style of electronic dance music typically having sparse, repetitive vocals and a fast beat: DJs specializing in techno, garage, and house 6 Astrology a twelfth division of the celestial sphere, based on the positions of the ascendant and midheaven at a given time and place, and determined by any of a number of methods. a twelfth division of the celestial sphere represented as a sector on an astrological chart, used in allocating elements of character and circumstance to different spheres of human life.
7 [mass noun] Britishold-fashioned term for bingo. [as exclamation] used by a bingo player to announce that they have won. 1provide with shelter or accommodation:they converted a disused cinema to house twelve employees
2provide space for; contain or accommodate:the museum houses a collection of Roman sculpture fix (something) in a socket or mortise.
- noun (plural housefuls)