from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The function or duties of a housewife; housekeeping.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being a housewife
- n. Skills as a housewife or homemaker
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The business of the mistress of a family; female management of domestic concerns.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The business of the mistress of a household; the woman's part in the economy of a family; female management of domestic concerns.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the work of a housewife
Her appearance to be sure was decent, and she was always distinguished by the name of Miss, and she was taught just to read and write, and a little plain housewifery with her needle.
Indeed, a family's ability to hire servant girls and free the mistress for productive work was a sign of its increasing affluence, not its poverty, and most women did not aspire to escape outdoor work and immerse themselves in housewifery.
Cooking and "housewifery" isn't shown to be wrong; it's just shown to not be what Callie likes doing.
French language (a thing indispensable to the happiness of married life), piano-playing (a thing wherewith to beguile a husband’s leisure moments), and that particular department of housewifery which is comprised in the knitting of purses and other
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Though "second-wave" feminism was a collective endeavor that had many founders, Friedan was the spark plug whose furious indictment of "the problem that had no name" – the false consciousness of "happy housewifery" – set off a revolution more potent than many of the other social and cultural upheavals of the 1960s.
One exhibit will be a BBC pronunciation guide from 1928, in which broadcasters are told to pronounce combat as cumbat and housewifery as huzzifry.
In a PBS interview a few years ago, she talked about young women choosing housewifery over careers.
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