housewife

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noun house·wife \ˈhau̇s-ˌwīf; especially in sense 2 and in early poetry ˈhə-zəf or -səf\

Definition of housewife

plural

housewives

play \ˈhau̇s-ˌwīvz also ˈhau̇z-ˌwīvz; ˈhə-zəfs, -zəvz, -səfs, -səvz\
  1. 1 :  a married woman in charge of a household

  2. 2 :  a pocket-size container for small articles (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

13th Century

First Known Use of housewife

13th century


HOUSEWIFE Defined for English Language Learners

housewife

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noun house·wife \ˈhau̇s-ˌwīf; especially in sense 2 and in early poetry ˈhə-zəf or -səf\

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


HOUSEWIFE Defined for Kids

housewife

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noun house·wife \ˈhau̇s-ˌwīf\

Definition of housewife for Students

plural

housewives

\-ˌwīvz\
  1. :  a married woman in charge of a household



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