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household word

a familiar name, phrase, saying, etc.; byword:
The advertising campaign is designed to make this new product a household word.
Origin of household word
1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • As Laura Haviland remarks, "her name became a household word in thousands of Northern homes."

    From Slave to College President Godfrey Holden Pike
  • At that time his name was a household word in religious controversy.

  • It became a household word, and thenceforward was a lure to all who approached the northern coast of South America.

    The Spanish Pioneers Charles F. Lummis
  • Had not his name been a household word throughout the land for days?

    Derrick Sterling Kirk Monroe
  • Had his descendants been less weak, his name would still have remained a household word, such is the force of tradition.

    Over the Plum Pudding John Kendrick Bangs
  • A name that is a household word, second only to that of the present incumbent.

    Anderson Crow, Detective George Barr McCutcheon
  • You ought to be a proud man, for like the name of Columbus, yours will be in Europe and America a household word.

    Cyrus W. Field; his Life and Work Isabella Field Judson
  • Even to those who had not heard him, his name was p. 54as a household word.

    Brought Forward R. B. Cunninghame Graham
  • At the same Laboratory the Rntgen rays were being investigated ere yet Rntgen became a household word.

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