hausfrau

noun

haus·​frau ˈhau̇s-ˌfrau̇ How to pronounce hausfrau (audio)

Examples of hausfrau in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The German actress could draft off her own Lead Actress campaign to score two nominations in the same year — a feat last pulled off by Scarlett Johansson, who in a weird bit of Oscar symmetry also got her Supporting nod for playing a German hausfrau in World War II. Vulture, 19 Jan. 2024 Deborah Greenspan, an energetic hausfrau whose principal cause is resettling immigrants, has decided to host an inventive, and obnoxious, dinner party. Julia M. Klein, BostonGlobe.com, 6 July 2023 Harry's alter ego is a dull breadwinner who, like most male suburbanites, bores his hausfrau (Jamie Lee Curtis) with the minutiae of his drab job. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 July 2019 Her father was a music teacher, her mother a hausfrau or a housewife. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, 3 Apr. 2018 Being a mother involves being an efficient hausfrau. John Richardson, Town & Country, 13 Oct. 2015

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Word History

Etymology

German, from Haus house + Frau woman, wife

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hausfrau was in 1798

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“Hausfrau.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hausfrau. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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