Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Why, at that fellow's house he gives you that claret wine as warm as soup.

"I have heard that she remains at the house where Phidias died," rejoined Plato.

Her house is the only one in all Greece where women are allowed to be present at entertainments.

The boys possessed two uncles, one on each side of the house.

Well, he don't appear to be here; I'll go round to the back part of the house.

That evening, the lawyer called at the house of the superintendent.

But the house and the town grated harshly now upon the young man.

Then for the summer we'll go to Newport, and when we come back from there we'll take a house.

He drove first to the Milbrey house, on the chance that she might be at home.

At any rate, if the lady of the house objected to it, it could return with Mistress Randall.


Old English hus "dwelling, shelter, house," from Proto-Germanic *husan (cf. 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 razn.

Meaning "family, including ancestors and descendants, especially if noble" is from c.1000. 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, cf. playhouse); as a dance club DJ music style, probably from the Warehouse, a Chicago nightclub where the style is said to have originated. Zodiac sense is first attested late 14c. To play house is from 1871; as suggestive of "have sex, shack up," 1968. House arrest first attested 1936. On the house "free" is from 1889.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.