- Americana regular sexual partner with whom you cohabitNot just a fellow lodger or member of the family:For the more flip, Americans offer LIL, for live-in lover, or housemate. (Whicker, 1982 — he was discussing how to introduce to strangers a woman with whom he shared such a relationship)Flatmate does not carry the same sexual inference.
How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. R. W. Holder. 2014.
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Housemate — House mate , n. One who dwells in the same house with another. R. Browning. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
housemate — [hous′māt΄] n. a person who shares a house, apartment, condominium, etc. with another person … English World dictionary
housemate — [[t]ha͟ʊsmeɪt[/t]] housemates N COUNT: usu poss N Your housemate is someone who shares a house with you. You do not use housemate to refer to members of your family or your boyfriend or girlfriend … English dictionary
housemate — UK [ˈhaʊsˌmeɪt] / US noun [countable] Word forms housemate : singular housemate plural housemates someone who lives in the same house as you but is not a member of your family … English dictionary
housemate — noun Date: circa 1810 a person who lives in the same house with another … New Collegiate Dictionary
housemate — /hows mayt /, n. 1. a person with whom one shares a house or other residence. 2. a sexual partner with whom one shares a house or other living quarters without being married. [1800 10; HOUSE + MATE1] * * * … Universalium
housemate — noun Someone living in the same house. Syn: flatmate, roommate … Wiktionary
housemate — house|mate [ˈhausmeıt] n BrE a person who you share a house with but who is not a member of your family →↑flatmate American Equivalent: roommate … Dictionary of contemporary English
housemate — house|mate [ haus,meıt ] noun count MAINLY BRITISH someone who lives in the same house as you but is not a member of your family … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
housemate — n. person who lives in the same house with another person or with other people who are not family members; sexual partner with whom a person lives in without being married … English contemporary dictionary