Housewife meaning

houswīf
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A married woman who manages the household as her main occupation and whose spouse usually earns the family income.
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A married woman whose principal occupation is managing a household and taking care of domestic affairs.
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A small sewing kit.
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A small container for needles, thread, and other sewing equipment.
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The definition of a housewife is a married woman whose job it is to stay home and care for the house, her husband and sometimes the children.

A woman who stays home, keeps her house, cooks, cleans and takes care of her children is an example of a housewife.

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The wife of a householder; the mistress of a family; the female head of a household.
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A little case or bag for materials used in sewing, and for other articles of female work; – called also hussy.
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Alternative form of housewive.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
housewife
Plural:
housewives

Origin of housewife

  • Middle English houswif hous house house wif wife wife

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • house +‎ wife

    From Wiktionary