Household vs Appliance - What's the difference?

household | appliance |

As nouns the difference between household and appliance

is that household is collectively, all the persons who live in a given house; a family including attendants, servants etc; a domestic or family establishment while appliance is the act of applying; application.

As an adjective household

is belonging to the same house and family.



(en noun)
  • Collectively, all the persons who live in a given house; a family including attendants, servants etc.; a domestic or family establishment.
  • * 1994 , Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom , Abacus 2010, p. 5:
  • Although I was a member of the royal household , I was not among the privileged few who were trained for rule.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • And calls, without affecting airs, / His household twice a day to prayers.
  • (obsolete) A line of ancestry; a race or house.
  • * 1592 , , IV. vi. 39:
  • In thee thy mother dies, our household's name, / My death's revenge, thy youth, and England's fame.


  • Belonging to the same house and family.
  • Of anything found in or having its origin in a home.
  • Derived terms

    * Household Cavalry * household deity * household god * household name



    (en noun)
  • The act of applying; application.
  • An implement, an instrument or apparatus designed (or at least used) as a means to a specific end (often specified).
  • Specifically: A non-manual apparatus or device, powered electrically or by another small motor, used in homes to perform domestic functions (household appliance) and/or in offices.
  • An attachment, some equipment (or - piece) to adapt another tool or machine to such specific purpose
  • When the boy hid father's feared cane, his bum soon found out the hard way how many sturdy appliances''' at home can double as perfectly painful spanking ' appliance
  • (lb) A compliance
  • Derived terms

    () * home appliance * major appliance * small appliance