What Does DHS Mean?

DHS means "Department of Homeland Security." The United States Department of Homeland Security is a cabinet department of the United States federal government with responsibilities in public security. It was created by the Bush Administration in 2002/3 and is reputed to have over 240,000 employees making it one of the largest cabinet departments in the United States. It is often criticized for being one of the most costly and poorly organized reorganisations in US history. Its critics accuse it of wasting billions of dollars on needless projects designed only to reward those close to the president.

Of note, the DHS should be confused with the UK's DHSS (Department of Health and Social Security), which has recently been renamed as the Department of Work and Pensions.

Summary of Key Points

"Department of Homeland Security (US)" is the most common definition for DHS on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Department of Homeland Security (US)
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write DHS, I mean this:

meaning of DHS
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a cabinet department of the United States federal government.


Examples of DHS in Sentences

Here are examples of DHS being used in conversations:
  • Tony: I'm off to the DHS to sign on for Jobseekers Allowance. It's so hard to get work in the UK.
  • Jordan: Ha! I think you mean the DHSS (or the DWP as it's now called). The DHS is the US Department of Homeland Security!
  • Tony: United States national security is looked after by DHS.
  • Jordan: I never knew that.

An Academic Look at DHS

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Dee Aitch Ess"), DHS is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

Example of DHS Used in a Text


See Also

DEPT (department) DSS (department of social services) NYPD (new york police department) OPSEC (operations security)