The house of a Japanese rice farmer



  • A structure built or serving as an abode of human beings.
  • The people who live in a house; a household.
  • A building used for something other than a residence (typically with qualifying word).
  • The audience for a live theatrical or similar performance.
  • A theatre.
  • A building where a deliberative assembly meets; whence the assembly itself, particularly a component of a legislature.
  • A dynasty; a family with its ancestors and descendants, especially a royal or noble one.
  • A place of rest or repose.
  • A grouping of schoolchildren for the purposes of competition in sports and other activities.
  • An animal's shelter or den, or the shell of an animal such as a snail, used for protection.
  • One of the twelve divisions of an astrological chart.
  • The fourth Lenormand card.
  • A square on a chessboard, regarded as the proper place of a piece.
  • The four concentric circles where points are scored on the ice.
  • Lotto; bingo.
  • A children's game in which the players pretend to be members of a household.
  • A small stand of trees in a swamp.
  • A set of cells in a Sudoku puzzle which must contain each digit exactly once, such as a row, column, or 3×3 box in classic Sudoku.
  • House music.


  • To keep within a structure or container.
  • To admit to residence; to harbor.
  • To take shelter or lodging; to abide; to lodge.
  • To dwell within one of the twelve astrological houses.
  • To contain or cover mechanical parts.
  • To contain one part of an object for the purpose of locating the whole.
  • To drive to a shelter.
  • To deposit and cover, as in the grave.
  • To stow in a safe place; to take down and make safe.
  • To eat.


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  • From Middle English hous, hus, from Old English hūs ("dwelling, shelter, house"), from Proto-Germanic *hūsą (compare Scots hoose, West Frisian hûs, Dutch huis, German Haus, German Low German Huus, Danish hus, Faroese hús, Icelandic hús, Norwegian Bokmål hus, Norwegian Nynorsk hus and Swedish hus), possibly from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kews-, from *(s)kewH-. Eclipsed non-native Middle English meson, measoun, borrowed from Old French maison. More at hose.
  • The uncommon plural form housen is from Middle English husen, housen. (The Old English nominative plural was simply hūs.)
  • From Middle English housen, from Old English hūsian, from Proto-Germanic *hūsōną, from the noun (see above). Compare Dutch huizen, German Low German husen, German hausen, Norwegian Nynorsk husa, Faroese húsa, Icelandic húsa.
  • Probably from The Warehouse, a nightclub in Chicago, Illinois, USA, where the music became popular around 1985.

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