housewife

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 /ˈhaʊsˌwaɪf/


For the noun: housewife
Plural form: housewives

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
house•wife /ˈhaʊsˌwaɪf/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  -wives. 
  1. a married woman who manages her own household.
house•wife•ly, adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
house•wife  (houswīf′ or, usually, huzif for 2),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -wives (-wīvz′),USA pronunciation v.,  -wifed, -wif•ing. 
n. 
  1. a married woman who manages her own household, esp. as her principal occupation.
  2. British Termsa sewing box;
    a small case or box for needles, thread, etc.

v.t., v.i. 
  1. [Archaic.]to manage with efficiency and economy, as a household.
  • Middle English hus(e)wif. See house, wife 1175–1225
    1. Housewife is offensive to some, perhaps because of an implied contrast with career woman ( just a housewife) and perhaps because it defines an occupation in terms of a woman's relation to a man. Homemaker is a common substitute.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

housewife /ˈhaʊsˌwaɪf/ n ( pl -wives)
  1. a woman, typically a married woman, who keeps house, usually without having paid employment
  2. Also called: hussy, huswife /ˈhʌzɪf/ chiefly Brit a small sewing kit issued to soldiers

housewifery /ˈhaʊsˌwɪfərɪ -ˌwɪfrɪ/ n



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