A house is a home, building or structure the primary function of which is to be occupied for habitation by humans or other creatures. The term house includes many kinds of dwellings ranging from rudimentary huts of nomadic tribes to complex structures composed of many systems. English-speaking people generally call any building they routinely occupy "home".
The social unit that lives in a house is known as a household. Most commonly, a household is a family unit of some kind, though households may be other social groups, organizations or individuals.
Famous quotes containing the word house:
“The scaffolding must be removed once the house is built.”
—Friedrich Nietzsche (18441900)
“Part way back from Bedlam
I came to my mothers house in Gloucester,
Massachusetts. And this is how I came
to catch at her; and this is how I lost her.
I cannot forgive your suicide, my mother said.
And she never could.”
—Anne Sexton (19281974)
“You see how this House of Commons has begun to verify all the ill prophecies that were made of itlow, vulgar, meddling with everything, assuming universal competency, and flattering every base passionand sneering at everything noble refined and truly national. The direct tyranny will come on by and by, after it shall have gratified the multitude with the spoil and ruin of the old institutions of the land.”
—Samuel Taylor Coleridge (17721834)