informal : a subject or class that teaches skills useful in the home : home economics
In part, home ec has become a victim of education trends: School budgets are contracting, many more students are preparing for college, and class hours are increasingly devoted to a narrow core of academic subjects and testing. Home economics also has to conquer its associations with training non-college-bound girls to be good wives.Ruth Graham

Examples of home ec in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Goldenrod eggs, or eggs goldenrod, is an old-timey, timeless recipe that burgeoning home cooks once learned in home ec classes—a lesson in making a warm, satisfying meal from staples that most people kept on hand, something that could be on the table in minutes. Sheri Castle, Southern Living, 4 Mar. 2024 Though the extent of her sewing experience occurred in a middle school home ec class sewing a letter on a pillow, Julia decided to figure it out. Amaris Encinas, USA TODAY, 31 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of home ec was in 1909

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“Home ec.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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