housewife NOUN (pl. housewives) a married woman whose main occupation is caring for her family and running the household.
DERIVATIVES housewifely adjective housewifery noun.

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  • Housewifery — House wif er*y, n. The business of the mistress of a family; female management of domestic concerns. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • housewifery — [hous′wīf΄ər ē] n. the work or function of a housewife; housekeeping …   English World dictionary

  • housewifery — noun see housewife …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • housewifery — /hows wuy feuh ree, wuyf ree/, n. the function or work of a housewife; housekeeping. [1400 50; late ME huswyfery. See HOUSEWIFE, ERY] * * * …   Universalium

  • housewifery — noun a) The state of being a housewife b) Skills as a housewife or homemaker …   Wiktionary

  • housewifery — house·wif·er·y || haÊŠswaɪfÉ™rɪ n. housekeeping, work of a housewife …   English contemporary dictionary

  • housewifery — house·wife·ry …   English syllables

  • housewifery — house•wif•er•y [[t]ˈhaʊsˌwaɪ fə ri, ˌwaɪf ri[/t]] n. the function or work of a housewife; housekeeping • Etymology: 1400–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • housewifery — /ˈhaʊswɪfəri/ (say howswifuhree) noun the function or work of a housewife; housekeeping …   Australian English dictionary

  • housewifery — n. 1 housekeeping. 2 skill in this, housecraft …   Useful english dictionary

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