householder n : someone who owns a home [syn: homeowner]
A householder is a person who is the head of a household; see House.
In a religious contexts, householder is used as follows:
- In Buddhism, "householder" (Pali, gahapati) often appears to be used synonymously for "layperson" and in juxtaposition to a Buddhist monastic (one who has "abandoned home").
- In Hinduism, according to the Laws of Manu, "householder" (grihastha) refers to the second of four stages (ashrama) of life, typified by marriage, children and financial stability. (Also see, Stages of life for a twice-born man.)
beneficiary, cestui, cestui que trust, cestui que use, cottager, cotter, cottier, crofter, deedholder, feoffee, feudatory, freeholder, head of household, laird, landlady, landlord, lord, master, mesne, mesne lord, mistress, owner, proprietary, proprietor, proprietress, proprietrix, rentier, squire, titleholder