: remaining in one's residence, locality, or country
especially : remaining at home especially to tend to children and domestic duties while a spouse is at work
stay-at-home noun

Examples of stay-at-home in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the other side of the advice spectrum are those who are not currently employed, for example a stay-at-home spouse. Steve Parrish, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 The city of Boston, Massachusetts, also has relaxed its stay-at-home restrictions for sick kids. Melissa Rudy, Fox News, 13 Feb. 2024 My identity as a full-time stay-at-home mom of four didn’t mesh with my perfectionistic, workaholic, creative personality. Zibby Owens, Vogue, 12 Feb. 2024 Do not confuse them with the familiar category of stay-at-home mothers; there’s an ideology driving their domestic responsibilities. Abigail Anthony, National Review, 11 Feb. 2024 Yet paradoxically—and much less remarked upon—American society also gives stay-at-home parents a raw deal, ignoring them in policy and providing little material or cultural support while using them as a political cudgel. Elliot Haspel, The Atlantic, 9 Feb. 2024 Authorities in Chile’s Valparaiso region extended stay-at-home orders as forest fires continue to rage after killing at least 56 people in the country’s deadliest disaster since a massive earthquake in 2010. James Attwood, Fortune, 4 Feb. 2024 Think about checkout lane cashiers repeatedly scanning items using the same hand or stay-at-home parents carrying their babies around all day on one hip. Dana Santas, CNN, 28 Jan. 2024 Tiffany had planned to keep working as a business consultant so that Matt, now retired from the army, could be a stay-at-home dad. Michelle Boudin, Peoplemag, 25 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1806, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stay-at-home was in 1806

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“Stay-at-home.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stay-at-home. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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