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[hous-man, -muh n] /ˈhaʊsˌmæn, -mən/
noun, plural housemen
[hous-men, -muh n] /ˈhaʊsˌmɛn, -mən/ (Show IPA)
a male servant who performs general duties in a home, hotel, etc.
a man employed to maintain order, as in a bar or gambling casino; bouncer.
one who represents the management in a gambling house.
British. a medical intern at a hospital.
Origin of houseman
1790-1800; house + man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • Her reply to this inquiry took the whole court by surprise, and made her solicitor, houseman, very miserable.

  • HE was born in the houseman's lodge; she in the great mansion.

    Tales From Two Hemispheres Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
  • The top of a hill is called in Norwegian "Kamp," and the houseman's place took its name from its situation.

    Arne: Early Tales and Sketches Bjornstjerne Bjornson
  • Look you, houseman, you say you would starve should you leave your present associates.

    Eugene Aram, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • And these rich gardmen's sons thought it was a shame that this houseman's son should cut them all out at the Huseby ster.

    Arne: Early Tales and Sketches Bjornstjerne Bjornson
  • Well, then, houseman, it is not your interest to betray me—my destruction is your own.

    Eugene Aram, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • It was opened by a houseman who stared at them uncomprehendingly.

    Subversive Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • He now bent his way to the spot in which houseman had appointed their meeting.

    Eugene Aram, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He had settled with houseman that he would abscond that very night, not wait for the next, as at first he had intended.

    Eugene Aram, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • houseman, for it was he, flung himself instantly from his saddle.

    Eugene Aram, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for houseman


noun (pl) -men
(med) a junior doctor who is a member of the medical staff of a hospital US and Canadian equivalent intern
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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