a. A domestic unit consisting of the members of a family who live together along with nonrelatives such as servants.
b. The living spaces and possessions belonging to such a unit.
2. A person or group of people occupying a single dwelling: the rise of nonfamily households.
1. Of, relating to, or used in a household: household appliances.
2. Commonly known; familiar: has become a household name.
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