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

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Stewart ended up going to college at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces and majoring in home economics. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "The Woman Who Revealed the Missing Link Between Viruses and Cancer," 17 June 2019 Every seat in her first period class — home economics — was occupied. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "In Ghana, Free High School Brings Opportunity and Grumbling," 15 June 2019 By this time, the scout program had gone beyond its traditional focus on cookie sales, badges in home economics, and summer camping and was focusing on recruiting city girls. Anne M. Hamilton,, "Extraordinary Life: A Passion For Women's Rights, Social Justice," 1 July 2018 Stone’s first movie—and one of the many odd pleasures of Maniac is seeing how far Superbad’s Seth and Jules have come in the decade since home economics class. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Jonah Hill Makes Directing Look Easy," 30 Oct. 2018 One of the people featured in the cookbook is your high school home economics teacher, Donna Barnett? Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A 'reluctant' Israeli chef's messy journey to success," 20 Mar. 2018 After selecting dresses, some girls took them to the home economics department to be hemmed, Warren said. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "Special education students attend prom with help of donated dresses, teacher volunteers," 26 Apr. 2018 There's still plenty more to go, said Superintendent Nick Polyak, advising community members not to pass up the cookies from the school home economic department, molded in the shapes of hammers and saws. Staff Report,, "A glimpse at the future: Leyden community gathers for second phase of district construction project," 19 Mar. 2018 Raised in Wauwatosa and Menomonee Falls, Simek earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics from Mount Mary College before becoming a food technologist at Butter Buds Food Ingredients in Racine in 1986. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trek to justice: Year-long wait for suspected killer leads widower to final road to closure," 12 Jan. 2018

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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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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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