house - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] a building for living in, usually where only one family lives

    I’d love a house with a garden.

    a three-bedroom house

    move house (=go to live in a different house):

    We’re moving house at the end of the month.

    1. a.
      [singular] the people who are in a house or who live there

      The noise woke the entire house.

  2. 3

    the house

    a restaurant, hotel, pub, or club

    Seafood is the speciality of the house.

  3. 4
    [countable] the part of a theatre, cinema, concert hall etc that contains the audience
    a packed/empty house:

    Cats has been playing to packed houses.

    1. b.
      a performance in a theatre or cinema that is one of a series taking place on the same day

      the first/second house

  4. 5
    [uncountable] music

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    a type of modern electronic music that developed in the 1980s, replacing disco as the most popular form of dance music. It combines deep bass sounds with parts that are sung or played on a synthesizer.
  5. 6


    [singular] used in the names of buildings, especially large ones containing many offices or flats

    Claridge House

  6. 7
    [countable] an old important family, especially a royal one

    the House of Windsor/Hanover/Habsburg

  7. 8
    [countable] one of the groups that students are divided into in some British schools, in order to compete against each other
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