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definition of the word household

by the Wiktionnary

house + hold

Singular
household

Plural
households

household (plural households)

  1. (obsolete) A line of ancestry.
  2. Those living in the same residence, comprising a family.
  3. Those living in the same residence, consisting of an individual or family along with any servants, guests, lodgers, etc.
  4. In taxation, all the persons who live in the same individual residence.

The meanings of the noun referring to those living in the same residence are similar in wording, but substantially different in meaning. The first definition was the former meaning, expanded in the mid-20th century. Ample context should be provided to distinguish which meaning is intended, or your readers will assume their own preferred meaning.


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