Meaning of HOUSE in English



1. different types of house

2. different types of apartment

3. a place for someone to live


leave your house : ↑ LEAVE

see also




1. different types of house

▷ house /haʊs/ [countable noun]

a building for people to live in, that may have more than one level, and may either stand separately or be joined to other buildings :

▪ Our house is the one with the red door.

▪ I went over to Barbara’s house after school.

▪ The street was lined with identical red-brick houses.

detached house

British a house that is not joined to another house

▪ a detached house in Surrey

semi-detached house

British a house that is joined to another house on one side

▪ a three-bedroom semi-detached house

terraced house British /row house

American a house that is in a row of houses that are all joined together

▪ The street ran between rows of dingy terraced houses.

▷ cottage /ˈkɒtɪdʒǁˈkɑː-/ [countable noun]

a small house, especially an old house in the country - use this especially about houses in the UK :

▪ She lives in a charming cottage deep in the Kent countryside.

▪ a row of thatched cottages in a rural village

▷ bungalow /ˈbʌŋgələʊ/ [countable noun]

a small house in which all the rooms are on the same level :

▪ He and his wife lived in a modern bungalow on the outskirts of the city.

▷ townhouse /ˈtaʊnhaʊs/ [countable noun] American

a house in a group of houses that share one or more walls :

▪ Old buildings were knocked down, and new apartments and townhouses built.

▷ mansion /ˈmænʃ ə n/ [countable noun]

a very large and impressive house :

▪ a magnificent mansion set in 2000 acres of countryside

▪ an eleven-bedroom mansion in Hancock Park

2. different types of apartment

▷ apartment /əˈpɑːʳtmənt/ [countable noun] especially American

a set of rooms that are usually all on the same level and are part of a larger building :

▪ They went back to her apartment for a cup of coffee.

▪ There was no point in paying rent for an empty apartment.

apartment building

a building that has several apartments on each level

▪ Small apartment buildings filled with families line the street.

high-rise apartment building

a tall apartment building with many levels

▪ High-rise apartment buildings have gone up where once there was open land.

▷ flat /flæt/ [countable noun] British

a set of rooms that are usually all on the same level and are part of a larger building :

▪ Stella and Keith moved into a cold, damp flat together.

▪ a group of students in a shared flat

block of flats

a building that consists of different levels and has several flats on each level

▪ Lisa lives on the nineteenth floor of a block of flats in London.

▷ condominium also condo informal /ˌkɒndəˈmɪniəmǁˌkɑːn-, ˈkɒndəʊǁˈkɑːn-/ [countable noun] American

an apartment in a building that consists of several apartments, all of which are owned by the people who live in them :

▪ He lives in a condo in San Jose.

▪ They rent out their condominium to skiers during the winter.

3. a place for someone to live

▷ housing /ˈhaʊzɪŋ/ [uncountable noun]

the houses, flats etc within a particular area that are available for or are provided for people to live in :

▪ Most of the housing in the area is sub-standard and nothing is being done to improve it.

▪ The council is making a great effort to provide cheap housing and more public facilities.

▷ accommodation /əˌkɒməˈdeɪʃ ə nǁəˌkɑː-/ [uncountable noun] formal

a place where people can live or stay, including houses, flats, hotels etc :

▪ The holiday costs about £400 for a week’s accommodation and flights.

student/rented/holiday etc accommodation

▪ I’ve been looking in the newspapers for student accommodation but it’s all so expensive.

▷ home /həʊm/ [countable noun usually plural]

a house, flat etc for people to live in - used especially in advertisements or to talk about large numbers of homes :

▪ They want to build forty luxury homes on a disused railway site.

▪ Between 1945 and 1970 the government built 110,000 new homes for low-paid workers.

▷ somewhere to live /ˌsʌmweəʳ tə ˈlɪv/ [noun phrase]

a place where you can live - use this especially when this is difficult to get :

▪ I’ll stay at my grandmother’s at first, until I find somewhere to live.

▪ Students looking for somewhere to live can go the university accommodation service.

▷ a roof over your head /ə ˌruːf əʊvə jɔːʳ ˈhed/ [noun phrase] informal

a place to live - use this especially when you are comparing this with the possibility of not having anywhere to live at all :

▪ It doesn’t matter what kind of place it is, at least you’ll have a roof over your head.

▪ It’s hard to be cheerful when you haven’t even got a roof over your head.

▷ estate also housing estate /ɪˈsteɪt, ˈhaʊzɪŋ ɪˌsteɪt/ [countable noun] British

an area where houses have all been built together in a planned way :

▪ Jane has her own house on a neat housing estate in the south-east.

council estate

an estate built by the local government, especially to be rented

▪ They live in a block of flats on a bleak council estate.

▷ housing project/projects /ˈhaʊzɪŋ ˌprɒdʒekt, ˈprɒdʒektsǁ-ˌprɑː-/ [] American informal

a group of houses or apartments usually built with government money for poor people to rent :

▪ Under this proposal, Federal money will no longer go to public housing projects but will go instead directly to the people.

▪ Chicago’s Cabrini Green housing project

▪ She says she wants something better for her kids than what she had in the projects.

▷ development /dɪˈveləpmənt/ [countable noun]

a group of new buildings that have all been planned and built together on the same piece of land :

▪ New developments are springing up all around the town.

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