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household

[hous-hohld, -ohld] /ˈhaʊsˌhoʊld, -ˌoʊld/
noun
1.
the people of a house collectively; a family including its servants.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to a household:
household furniture.
3.
for use in maintaining a home, especially for use in cooking, cleaning, laundering, repairing, etc., in the home:
a household bleach.
4.
common or usual; ordinary.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English houshold. See house, hold1
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  • The loss of a job needn't mean a complete loss of household income.
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  • More sophisticated timers operate on batteries or household current.
  • Plant fertilizers and household plant foods are substances used to improve plant growth.
  • Folks, the tombstone thread and the holidays raise some questions here in the bat household.
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  • This, despite our deliberate attempts to keep our household gender-neutral.
  • If household and family responsibilities were shared before, that quickly goes by the wayside.
  • But great silicon wafers do not make you a household name.
British Dictionary definitions for household

household

/ˈhaʊsˌhəʊld/
noun
1.
the people living together in one house collectively
2.
(modifier) of, relating to, or used in the running of a household; domestic: household management
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Word Origin and History for household
n.

late 14c., "members of a family collectively (including servants)," also "furniture and articles belonging to a house," from house (n.) + hold (n.1). Related: Householder.

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