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[hous] .
Edward Mandell [man-dl] , ("Colonel House") 1858–1938, U.S. diplomat.
Son [suhn] , (Eddie James House, Jr) 1902–88, U.S. blues singer and guitarist.
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n , pl houses
1.  a.  a building used as a home; dwelling
 b.  (as modifier): house dog
2.  the people present in a house, esp its usual occupants
3.  a.  a building used for some specific purpose
 b.  (in combination): a schoolhouse
4.  (often capital) a family line including ancestors and relatives, esp a noble one: the House of York
5.  a.  a commercial company; firm: a publishing house
 b.  (as modifier): house style; a house journal
6.  an official deliberative or legislative body, such as one chamber of a bicameral legislature
7.  a quorum in such a body (esp in the phrase make a house)
8.  a dwelling for a religious community
9.  astrology See also planet any of the 12 divisions of the zodiac
10.  a.  any of several divisions, esp residential, of a large school
 b.  (as modifier): house spirit
11.  a.  a hotel, restaurant, bar, inn, club, etc, or the management of such an establishment
 b.  (as modifier): house rules
 c.  (in combination): steakhouse
12.  (modifier) (of wine) sold unnamed by a restaurant, at a lower price than wines specified on the wine list: the house red
13.  the audience in a theatre or cinema
14.  an informal word for brothel
15.  a hall in which an official deliberative or legislative body meets
16.  See full house
17.  curling the 12-foot target circle around the tee
18.  nautical any structure or shelter on the weather deck of a vessel
19.  theatre bring the house down to win great applause
20.  house and home an emphatic form of home
21.  keep open house to be always ready to provide hospitality
22.  informal like a house on fire very well, quickly, or intensely
23.  on the house (usually of drinks) paid for by the management of the hotel, bar, etc
24.  put one's house in order to settle or organize one's affairs
25.  (Brit) safe as houses very secure
26.  (tr) to provide with or serve as accommodation
27.  to give or receive shelter or lodging
28.  (tr) to contain or cover, esp in order to protect
29.  (tr) to fit (a piece of wood) into a mortise, joint, etc
30.  (tr) nautical
 a.  to secure or stow
 b.  to secure (a topmast)
 c.  to secure and stow (an anchor)
[Old English hūs; related to Old High German hūs, Gothic gudhūs temple, Old Norse hūs house]

House (haʊs)
1.  See House of Commons
2.  informal (Brit) the Stock Exchange

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Word Origin & History

O.E. hus "dwelling, shelter, house," from P.Gmc. *khusan (cf. O.N., O.Fris. hus, Du. huis, Ger. Haus), of unknown origin, perhaps connected to the root of hide (v.). In Goth. only in gudhus "temple," lit. "god-house;" the usual word for "house" in Goth. being razn. Meaning
"family, including ancestors and descendants, especially if noble" is from c.1000. The legislative sense (1540s) is transferred from the building in which the body meets. Meaning "audience in a theater" is from 1921; as a dance club DJ music style, probably from the Warehouse, a Chicago nightclub where the style is said to have originated. Zodiac sense is first attested late 14c. The verb meaning "give shelter to" is O.E. husian (cognate with Ger. hausen, Du. huizen). Household is first recorded late 14c.; for housewife (early 13c.) see hussy. To play house is from 1871; as suggestive of "have sex, shack up," 1968. House arrest first attested 1936; housewarming is from 1577; houseboat is 1790. On the house "free" is from 1889.
"And the Prophet Isaiah the sonne of Amos came to him, and saide vnto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not liue." [2 Kings xx.1, version of 1611]
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House definition

Till their sojourn in Egypt the Hebrews dwelt in tents. They then for the first time inhabited cities (Gen. 47:3; Ex. 12:7; Heb. 11:9). From the earliest times the Assyrians and the Canaanites were builders of cities. The Hebrews after the Conquest took possession of the captured cities, and seem to have followed the methods of building that had been pursued by the Canaanites. Reference is made to the stone (1 Kings 7:9; Isa. 9:10) and marble (1 Chr. 29:2) used in building, and to the internal wood-work of the houses (1 Kings 6:15; 7:2; 10:11, 12; 2 Chr. 3:5; Jer. 22:14). "Ceiled houses" were such as had beams inlaid in the walls to which wainscotting was fastened (Ezra 6:4; Jer. 22:14; Hag. 1:4). "Ivory houses" had the upper parts of the walls adorned with figures in stucco with gold and ivory (1 Kings 22:39; 2 Chr. 3:6; Ps. 45:8). The roofs of the dwelling-houses were flat, and are often alluded to in Scripture (2 Sam. 11:2; Isa. 22:1; Matt. 24:17). Sometimes tents or booths were erected on them (2 Sam. 16:22). They were protected by parapets or low walls (Deut. 22:8). On the house-tops grass sometimes grew (Prov. 19:13; 27:15; Ps. 129:6, 7). They were used, not only as places of recreation in the evening, but also sometimes as sleeping-places at night (1 Sam. 9:25, 26; 2 Sam. 11:2; 16:22; Dan. 4:29; Job 27:18; Prov. 21:9), and as places of devotion (Jer. 32:29; 19:13).

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