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


There is a penalty for keeping open, houses of entertainment.

The roads are empty, the fields are deserted, the houses of entertainment are closed.

They looked from the windows of the hospital, and from the roofs of houses.

She had a belief that her father's house was nicer than other people's houses.

But mark these houses, Alleyne, how they thrust forth upon the top.

Then I hope you will be careful what houses you go into, for I hear the small-pox is in the neighborhood.

Won't they dance, even for charity, except in their own houses?

All the houses were of two stories, of which the upper was open on the sides, and used for sleeping.

Off he walked briskly, to get well away from the houses and to reach the highway.

"I think I'll get down here," said Renmark, halfway between the two houses.


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.