Legal Definition and Related Resources of House

Meaning of House

A dwelling , a building designated for habitation of human beings.

House Alternative Definition

In a general sense, a building or shed intended or used as a shelter or habitation for animals of any kind; but appropriately a building or edifice for the habitation of man; a dwelling place. Webster, quoted in 11 Abb. Pr. (N. Y.) 292. Several buildings, so constructed that they may be used as an entirety, may constitute a “house.” 9 Ch. Div. 425. “House” has been variously held to mean “dwelling house”, (11 Abb. Pr. [N. Y.] 292), or to include buildings used for other purposes (37 Tex. 412; 9 Ch. Div. 425), according to the context.

Synonyms of House


  • abode
  • accommodations
  • aedes
  • business establishment
  • business firm
  • clan
  • commercial establishment
  • company
  • concern
  • domicile
  • domicilium
  • domus
  • dwelling
  • dwelling place
  • family
  • firm
  • habitation
  • home
  • homestead
  • household
  • kin
  • kindred
  • lineage
  • living place
  • living quarters
  • lodging
  • place of habitation
  • quarters
  • residence
  • shelter
  • tribe Associated Concepts: House of Representatives

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House in the Dictionary of Law consisting of Judicial Definitions and Explanations of Words, Phrases and Maxims

A dwelling-house; a building divided into floors and apartments, with four walls, a roof, doors, and chimneys. Involves the ideas of an edifice or structure, and the abode or residence of human beings. May mean “messuage” – land and structure, as in a will, and in statutes exempting property from taxation. 4 Pa. 101 (1846).

Note: This legal definition of House in the Dictionary of Law (English and American Jurisprudence) is from 1893.




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