domestic science

noun, chiefly British, old-fashioned

Definition of domestic science

: a subject or class that teaches skills (such as cooking or sewing) which are useful in the home : home economics The girls weren't supposed to be good at "maths," so we took arithmetic, and while the boys were spending long hours studying maths we took needlework and domestic science instead.— Denny Taylor

Examples of domestic science in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The nineteenth-century idea of domestic science was an attempt to systematize the tasks and duties of the housewife. Hari Kunzru, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021 The Experiment Station is renamed the Good Housekeeping Institute, a facility on the street level of the Good Housekeeping building in Springfield, Massachusetts which included a model kitchen, domestic science laboratory, and test stations. Good Housekeeping, 31 Oct. 2015

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First Known Use of domestic science

1852, in the meaning defined above

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“Domestic science.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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