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

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Other Words from home economics

home economist noun

Examples of home economics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Keeping us safe Robert Koch wasn’t the star student in his home economics class. Karen Dybis, Detroit Free Press, "Here are 5 metro Detroit neighbors saving the day during the coronavirus pandemic," 9 May 2020 Last week, Emily Heil talked with home economics teachers about advice for cooking nutritious, thrifty meals. The Washington Post, "Free Range on Food: We're here to answer all your cooking questions about big batch cooking, quarantine cookbooks, special brownies, tahdig, this week's recipes and more!," 22 Apr. 2020 Jeanne Huntley, who taught high school home economics for 35 years in Sault Ste. Julia Rubin, The Christian Science Monitor, "Home quarantines boost DIY renaissance," 9 Apr. 2020 Marie, Ontario, thinks society lost something important when schools phased out home economics and shop classes in favor of computer science, robotics, and STEM. Julia Rubin, The Christian Science Monitor, "Home quarantines boost DIY renaissance," 9 Apr. 2020 Lessons on the environment aren’t compressed into a single course but addressed across subjects, from science to home economics, and in every grade beginning in preschool. NBC News, "Sweden's environmental education is building a generation of Greta Thunbergs," 9 Jan. 2020 Her on-camera presence impressed the station’s managers, and Ms. Phillip was asked to fill in as an announcer, a weather girl and a kind of home economics correspondent. Julia Carmel, New York Times, "Lee Phillip Bell, Soap Opera Creator and Talk Show Host, Dies at 91," 2 Mar. 2020 Many public schoolchildren came from the lower and lower-middle classes, and educators designed home economics lessons with this in mind. Samantha Presnal, Quartzy, "Thanksgiving leftovers can be an outlet for creativity," 29 Nov. 2019 Many public schoolchildren came from the lower and lower-middle classes, and educators designed home economics lessons with this in mind. Samantha Presnal, Quartzy, "Thanksgiving leftovers can be an outlet for creativity," 29 Nov. 2019

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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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“Home economics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/home%20economics. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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home economics

noun

English Language Learners Definition of home economics

: a subject or class that teaches cooking, sewing, and other skills that are useful in the home

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