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[hohm-mey-ker] /ˈhoʊmˌmeɪ kər/
a person who manages the household of his or her own family, especially as a principal occupation.
a person employed to manage a household and do household chores for others, as for the sick or elderly.
Origin of homemaker
First recorded in 1885-90; home + maker
Can be confused
homemaker, housewife (see usage note at housewife)
Usage note
1. See housewife. Unabridged
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  • This is the offer of the Home Bureau to the homemaker of to-day.

    The Farmer and His Community Dwight Sanderson
  • There is not a single part of education that may not be useful to the homemaker.

    The American Country Girl Martha Foote Crow
  • She would not be a success as a homemaker under any circumstances.

    Vocational Guidance for Girls

    Marguerite Stockman Dickson
  • As a homemaker, the quilt is a most capable tool lying ready at the hand of every woman.


    Marie D. Webster
  • The woman must be the housewife, the helpmeet of the homemaker, the wise and fearless mother of many healthy children.

British Dictionary definitions for homemaker


(mainly US & Canadian) a person, esp a housewife, who manages a home
(US & Canadian) a social worker who manages a household during the incapacity of the housewife
Derived Forms
homemaking, noun, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for homemaker

also home-maker, "woman considered as a domestic agent," by 1861, American English, from home (n.) + agent noun from make (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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