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English definition of “house”

house

noun [C]     /haʊs/ (plural houses /ˈhaʊzɪz/)
COMMERCE a company that is involved in a particular type of business: a fashion/banking/publishing house
House ( abbreviation Ho) used in the names of office or company buildings: The conference proceeded at the Cannon House Office Building.
COMMERCE a restaurant or café: a coffee/tea house
in house WORKPLACE used to describe work that is done by a company's paid employees: He'll keep the work in house, and get it done more cost-effectively than by using a sub-contractor. → See also in-house adjective, out of house
on the house used to describe something, usually a meal or a drink, that is free: The manager sent over a tray of drinks on the house.
→ See also accepting house, brokerage, clearing house, Companies House, discount house, finance house, front of house, fulfilment house, issuing house, securities house
(Definition of house noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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