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Definition of Housewife

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homemaker, married woman who manages her home full time (as opposed to working full-time outside the home)
Housewife Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(v. t.)
Alt. of Housewive
  
(n.)
The wife of a householder; the mistress of a family; the female head of a household.
  
(n.)
A little case or bag for materials used in sewing, and for other articles of female work; -- called also hussy.
  
(n.)
A hussy.
  
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housewife
\house"wife`\ (?), housewive \house"wive`\ (?), ] v. t. to manage with skill and economy, as a housewife or other female manager; to economize. conferred those moneys on the nuns, which since they have well housewived.
housewife
\house"wife`\ (?), n. [house + wife. cf. hussy.]
1. the wife of a householder; the mistress of a family; the female head of a household. he a good husband, a good housewife she.
2. (usually pronounced &?;.) [see hussy, in this sense.] a little case or bag for materials used in sewing, and for other articles of female work; -- called also hussy. [written also huswife.] skelton.
3. a hussy. [r.] [usually written huswife.]

JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Teuluyddes = n. a housewife
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a wife who who manages a household while her husband earns the family income
(synonym) homemaker, lady of the house, woman of the house
(hypernym) wife, married woman
Housewife Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
A housewife is a woman whose main occupation is running or managing her family's home—caring for and educating her children, cooking and storing food, buying goods the family needs in day-to-day life, cleaning and maintaining the home, making clothes for the family, etc.—and who is generally not employed outside the home. Merriam Webster describes a housewife as a married woman who is in charge of her household. The British Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (1901) defined a housewife as: "the mistress of a household; a female domestic manager; a pocket sewing kit".

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