(1) Play in which children take the roles of father or mother or children and pretend to interact like adults
"The children were playing house"
(2) A dwelling that serves as living quarters for one or more families
"He has a house on Cape Cod"
"She felt she had to get out of the house"
(3) A building in which something is sheltered or located
"They had a large carriage house"
(4) A building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented
"The house was full"
(5) Aristocratic family line
"The House of York"
(6) The members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments
"He worked for a brokerage house"
(7) A social unit living together
"He moved his family to Virginia"
"It was a good Christian household"
"I waited until the whole house was asleep"
"The teacher asked how many people made up his home"
(8) An official assembly having legislative powers
"A bicameral legislature has two houses"
(9) The audience gathered together in a theatre or cinema
"The house applauded"
"He counted the house"
(10) The members of a religious community living together
(11) The management of a gambling house or casino
"The house gets a percentage of every bet"
(12) (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided
(13) Provide housing for
"The immigrants were housed in a new development outside the town"
(14) Contain or cover
"This box houses the gears"
- The House of Representatives, "the House".
- More generally, a shortened name for any chamber of a legislature that is named "House of...", especially where the other chamber(s) are not so named (as in Australia or Canada), or where there is no other chamber (as in New Zealand).
- for someone residing in a house (as opposed to a hut) or in a religious house.