home·​mak·​er | \ˈhōm-ˌmā-kər \

Definition of homemaker 

: one who manages a household especially as a spouse and parent

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Other Words from homemaker

homemaking \ˈhōm-​ˌmā-​kiŋ \ noun or adjective

Examples of homemaker in a Sentence

TV commercials often show happy homemakers.

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My mother was a homemaker and a licensed practical nurse who worked at the local hospital. Marc Myers, WSJ, "The Day Sugar Ray Leonard Nearly Drowned," 23 Oct. 2018 His father was a fabricator at a nearby shipyard, and his mother was a homemaker and waitress who encouraged his interest in dance. Harrison Smith, BostonGlobe.com, "Alan Johnson, 81, choreographer for Broadway and Mel Brooks," 14 July 2018 Holowaty, the son of a homemaker and shopkeeper from Mohawk, N.Y., and Jan met in 1964 as UConn freshmen, Bill a basketball player, Jan a cheerleader. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: Bill Holowaty A Gentle Friend And Guiding Force For Greater Hartford Twilight Baseball League," 8 June 2018 William Richard Ernest, a Chesapeake Bay pilot, and settled into the life of a homemaker while raising the couple’s two children. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, "Agnes F. Reisenweber, Baltimore native and super-centenarian, dies at age 111," 2 May 2018 That brought Hermenegilda Mercado Yanez, a 69-year-old homemaker, to AMLO headquarters recently. Fox News, "Mexicans mob 'AMLO' HQ seeking help for matters big or small," 17 July 2018 Patience Worth’s strange diction, large output, and mix of transcendentalism and Christianity seemed at odds with Curran, a homemaker who dropped out of school at 13. Joy Lanzendorfer, Longreads, "Ghost Writer: The Story of Patience Worth, the Posthumous Author," 14 June 2018 His father was a grocer and his mother was a homemaker who became an accountant for fashion entrepreneur Ralph Lauren. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Ira Berlin, transformative historian of slavery in America, dies at 77," 6 June 2018 David Letterman’s mother, Dorothy Mengering, a Midwestern homemaker who became an unlikely celebrity on her son’s late-night talk show, died at age 95. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of homemaker

1867, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of homemaker

: a wife who does work (such as sewing, cleaning, or cooking) at home and usually does not have another job outside the home


home·​mak·​er | \ˈhōm-ˌmā-kər \

Kids Definition of homemaker

: a person who manages a household especially as a wife and mother

Other Words from homemaker

homemaking \-​ˌmā-​kiŋ \ noun

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