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home economics

the art and science of home management.
a college curriculum usually including studies in nutrition, the purchase, preparation, and service of food, interior design, clothing and textiles, child development, family relationships, and household economics.
Origin of home economics
An Americanism dating back to 1895-1900
Related forms
home economist, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • To open the way for practical demonstrations in home economics.

    The New Education Scott Nearing
  • home economics have taught the advantage of division of labor and co-operation.

    Society Henry Kalloch Rowe
  • home economics is no attempt to drive women back into home seclusion.

    The Women of Tomorrow William Hard
  • But it does mean something, this home economics 98 disturbance.

    The Women of Tomorrow William Hard
  • Goodness, what would my home economics teacher have said if she had heard me say 'hard-boil'?

    A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband Louise Bennett Weaver
  • Goldie Funk Robertson has been most successful in her articles on child problems and home economics.

  • For this reason it becomes necessary to resist certain narrownesses in certain phases of home economics.

    The Women of Tomorrow William Hard
British Dictionary definitions for home economics

home economics

(functioning as singular or pl) the study of diet, budgeting, child care, textiles, and other subjects concerned with running a home
Derived Forms
home economist, noun
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