housewife

noun house·wife \ ˈhau̇s-ˌwīf ; especially in sense 2 and in early poetry ˈhə-zəf or -səf \
Updated on: 11 Apr 2018

Definition of housewife

plural housewives play \ˈhau̇s-ˌwīvz also ˈhau̇z-ˌwīvz; ˈhə-zəfs, -zəvz, -səfs, -səvz\
1 : a married woman in charge of a household
2 : a pocket-size container for small articles (such as thread)

housewifeliness

play \ˈhau̇s-ˌwīf-lē-nəs\ noun

housewifely

play \ˈhau̇s-ˌwīf-lē\ adjective

housewifery

play \ˈhau̇s-ˌwī-f(ə-)rē; British -(ˌ)wi-f(ə-)rē also ˈhə-zə-frē\ noun

housewifey

play \ˈhau̇s-ˌwī-fē\ adjective

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First Known Use of housewife

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of housewife for English Language Learners

  • : a married woman who stays at home, does cleaning, cooking, etc., and does not have another job outside the home


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housewife

noun house·wife \ ˈhau̇s-ˌwīf \

Definition of housewife for Students

plural housewives \-ˌwīvz\
: a married woman in charge of a household


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