home economics

plural in form but singular or plural in construction

Definition of home economics

: a subject or class that teaches skills (such as cooking or sewing) which are useful in the home Classes in the family and consumer sciences—no one calls it home economics anymore—have changed too, stressing the entrepreneurial over the domestic …— Bonnie Miller Rubin If you passed seventh-grade home economics, you can probably sew a few basic nursery accessories.— Deeanne Gist

called also home ec

Other Words from home economics

home economist noun

Examples of home economics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Haim grew up in Iowa, the son of a home economics teacher who taught him how to sew — unknowingly stitching the threads of his future gig — and to eat, with unironic abandon. Taylore Glynn, Allure, 7 Aug. 2022 After graduating from high school, Mrs. Barclay earned a bachelor’s degree in 1952 in home economics from Hood College on Frederick. Frederick N. Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun, 7 July 2022 They were taught using textbooks that only portrayed successful men, denied admittance to graduate and professional schools, and funneled into home economics courses and away from vocational education courses. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, 23 June 2022 His mother, June Wilson, a beloved home economics teacher at Woodstock Union High School, had retired to Florida and decided to put the Woodstock house on the market. Kevin Cullen, BostonGlobe.com, 16 June 2022 One of the retired lab technicians Shapiro-Shapin interviewed was Loney Clinton Gordon, an African American woman who had a bachelor’s degree in home economics and chemistry but had been unable to get work as a dietitian in Grand Rapids. Richard Conniff, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Feb. 2022 Everett attended North Carroll High School and learned to sew in high school home economics class. Lyndi Mcnulty, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 5 Feb. 2022 But home economics has a much more complicated and at times surprising past. Washington Post, 18 June 2021 What also helped were the home economics classes from the orphanage. Liz Elting, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of home economics

1872, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of home economics was in 1872

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23 Aug 2022

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“Home economics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/home%20economics. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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