Meaning of “homeless” in the English Dictionary

"homeless" in British English

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uk /ˈhəʊm.ləs/ us /ˈhoʊm.ləs/

C1 without a home:

Accommodation needs to be found for thousands of homeless families.

More examples

  • She was homeless and had to put her child up for adoption.
  • The family were left homeless.
  • Providing homeless people with somewhere to stay when the weather is cold only skates round the problem, it doesn't solve it.
  • The paper showed a picture of homeless people sleeping on the streets with the caption underneath 'the unacceptable face of capitalism'.
  • It might sound callous, but I don't care if he's homeless. He's not living with me!

homelessnoun [ plural ]

uk /ˈhəʊm.ləs/ us /ˈhoʊm.ləs/

(Definition of “homeless” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"homeless" in American English

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homelessadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈhoʊm·ləs/

having no place to live:

a homeless person
noun [ U ] us /ˈhoʊm·ləs·nəs/

Homelessness is a major problem in large cities.

homelessplural noun

us /ˈhoʊm·ləs/

people who do not have a home, usually because they are poor:

The homeless sometimes have to sleep in the streets.

(Definition of “homeless” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)