Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A home. See 60 Pa. 220, 100 Am. Dec. 562. A family, living together. See 112 U. S. 495, 28 L. Ed. 825, 5 Sup. Ct. Rep. 241.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A family living together. May v. Smith, 48 Ala. 488; Woodward v. Murray, 18 Johns. (N. Y.) 402; Arthur v. Morgan, 112 U. S. 495, 5 Sup. Ct. 241, 28 L. Ed. 825. Those who dwell under the same roof and compose a family. Webster. A man's family living together constitutes his household, though he may have gone to another state. Belonging to the house and family; domestic. Webster.
    —Household furniture. See Furniture.
    — Household goods. These words, in a will, include everything of a permanent nature (i. e., articles of household which are not consumed in their enjoyment) that are used in or purchased or otherwise acquired by a testator for his house. 1 Rop. Leg. 191; Marquam v. Seng-felder, 24 Or. 2, 32 Pac. 676 ; Smith v. Findley, 34 Kan. 316, 8 Pac. 871; In re Hoopes' Estate, 1 Brewst. (Pat) 465.
    —Household stuff. This phrase, in a will, includes everything which may be used for the convenience of the house, as tables, chairs, bedding, and the like. But apparel, books, weapons, tools for artificers, cattle, victuals, and choses in action will not pass by those words, unless the context of the will clearly show a contrary intention. 1 Rop. Leg. 206. See Appeal of Hoopes, 60 Pa. 227, 100 Am. Dec. 562.