plural noun
house·​wares | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌwerz How to pronounce housewares (audio) \

Definition of housewares

: furnishings for a house especially : small articles of household equipment (such as cooking utensils)

Examples of housewares in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Several of them, like W.T. Grant, had an escalator, as well as a large housewares department on its second floor. Jacques Kelly,, "One more effort to revive Howard and Lexington, Baltimore’s lost shopping nexus," 19 Dec. 2020 Joe Posch, who owns Hugh, a modern housewares, furniture, and accessory store nearby, frequented Union Street after work. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's Union Street restaurant could be put out of business by new grocery store," 4 Feb. 2021 Knobler pulled $30,000 from his retirement savings to secure the initial lease, furniture, light fixtures and fans, point-of-sale system TVs, and housewares for the bar, as well as internet service and cable and satellite TV packages. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, "Former sportswriter lives the good life after opening a bar in Thailand," 25 Dec. 2020 Like an international version of the Sears catalog, which ceased publication in 1993, the IKEA book sold not only housewares, but a lifestyle. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "The IKEA Catalog Defined Home for Millions. Now It’s Gone.," 10 Dec. 2020 In a separate article, the paper notes that all kinds of retailers—fashion, housewares, food—are limiting the number of options available on store shelves. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Fewer Cars on Dealer Lots Is a 2020 Thing That May Endure beyond the Year," 27 Nov. 2020 Products include groceries, appliances, automotive supplies, hardware, sporting goods, books, jewelry, housewares, office supplies and furniture. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Costco store approved for Evergreen Walk in South Windsor," 13 Nov. 2020 Stop next door at Stella Dallas Living for curated, higher end vintage clothes, as well as textiles, beautiful buttons, housewares, carpets, and blankets. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Williamsburg Vintage Shops That Shaped My Style," 6 Nov. 2020 Kohl's is betting that its strategy to build up its activewear business centered on Nike, Under Armour, and Adidas by 30%, and reinvigorate its housewares business while dropping its weak store brands, will make its stores more alluring. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Kohl’s replaces J.C. Penney as Sephora’s U.S. department store partner," 1 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of housewares

1859, in the meaning defined above

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25 Feb 2021

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“Housewares.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of housewares

: small things (such as cooking utensils or lamps) that are used in a house

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