Definitions of House


A house is a building to inhabit. The term is often used to refer to a one or few story construction that is intended for a single family home, as opposed to multi- apartment, apartment, or story buildings. For example: “My aunt lives in a house with a garden and a swimming pool”, “I would love to move into a house, because in the apartment I feel like I was locked up”, “The criminals entered the house and threatened the marriage”.

The houses have different environments (living rooms, bedrooms, basement, roof terrace, etc.) and provide a roof to the members of the family nucleus. In this way, the house is a refuge against weather conditions (rain, sun, cold), provides a place to store the properties of its residents and provides protection.

The first antecedents of a house emerged around 300,000 years ago, when hunters built temporary huts out of branches and bushes. The oldest populations with stable houses would have arisen in the year 6,000 BC

In addition to this stated meaning, we have to underline the existence of other terms that also use the word at hand and that are widely used in daily life.

Thus, for example, there is what is known as the Town Hall. This is a word that is used to refer to the town house, that is, the town hall. Any neighbor can go to that one to solve all kinds of procedures, to find out about important issues and it is also where the plenary sessions are held. These come to be the meetings of the mayor and councilors to address matters of interest to the municipality.

On the other hand, there is also what is called a barracks house. In Spain, as a general rule, when it is spoken of, it is done to define the set of buildings where the Civil Guard works and where, in addition, the members of this State security body have the homes in which they reside with their families.

Likewise, we must not forget the nursery. This is an institution, of great importance especially in the past, which served as a place where mothers and fathers who could not or did not want to take care of their children left them to be cared for by the nuns who were in charge of it. In this way, that building became the residence of these little ones, including those who were orphans, and the nuns became their relatives until they were adopted.

The concept of home is also used symbolically to name the origin of something or someone and their homeland: “I’m tired of living abroad, I want to go home”, “The footballer returned home and promised to retire with the club jersey “, ” I’m happy here, but I miss home.

The commercial or industrial establishment (“They say it is the oldest house in the business”), the institution that brings together people with common interests or origins (“Tomorrow there is a party at the House of Catalonia”) and the headquarters of certain institutions (“The president will make an announcement from the Casa Rosada”) are other notions that are called the house.