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house (n.)

Old English hus "dwelling, shelter, building designed to be used as a residence," from Proto-Germanic *hūsan (source also of Old Norse, Old Frisian hus, Dutch huis, German Haus), of unknown origin, perhaps connected to the root of hide (v.) [OED]. In Gothic only in gudhus "temple," literally "god-house;" the usual word for "house" in Gothic being according to OED razn.

Meaning "family, including ancestors and descendants, especially if noble" is from c. 1000. Zodiac sense is first attested late 14c. The legislative sense (1540s) is transferred from the building in which the body meets. Meaning "audience in a theater" is from 1660s (transferred from the theater itself, playhouse). Meaning "place of business" is 1580s. The specialized college and university sense (1530s) also applies to both buildings and students collectively, a double sense found earlier in reference to religious orders (late 14c.). As a dance club DJ music style, probably from the Warehouse, a Chicago nightclub where the style is said to have originated.

To play house is from 1871; as suggestive of "have sex, shack up," 1968. House arrest first attested 1936. House-painter is from 1680s. House-raising (n.) is from 1704. On the house "free" is from 1889. House and home have been alliteratively paired since c. 1200.

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. [II Kings xx.1, version of 1611]

house (v.)

"give shelter to," Old English husian "to take into a house; place or enclose in a house" (cognate with Old Frisian husa, German hausen, Dutch huizen); see house (n.). Intransitive sense from 1590s. Related: Housed; housing.

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Definitions of house
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house (n.)
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
house (n.)
the members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments;
he worked for a brokerage house
Synonyms: firm / business firm
house (n.)
the members of a religious community living together;
house (n.)
the audience gathered together in a theatre or cinema;
he counted the house
the house applauded
house (n.)
an official assembly having legislative powers;
a bicameral legislature has two houses
house (n.)
aristocratic family line;
house (n.)
play in which children take the roles of father or mother or children and pretend to interact like adults;
the children were playing house
house (n.)
(astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided;
Synonyms: sign of the zodiac / star sign / sign / mansion / planetary house
house (n.)
the management of a gambling house or casino;
the house gets a percentage of every bet
house (n.)
a social unit living together;
I waited until the whole house was asleep
Synonyms: family / household / home / menage
house (n.)
a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented;
the house was full
Synonyms: theater / theatre
house (n.)
a building in which something is sheltered or located;
they had a large carriage house
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house (v.)
contain or cover;
This box houses the gears
house (v.)
provide housing for;
The immigrants were housed in a new development outside the town
Synonyms: put up / domiciliate
From wordnet.princeton.edu