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homemaker

[hohm-mey-ker]
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noun
  1. a person who manages the household of his or her own family, especially as a principal occupation.
  2. 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 confusedhomemaker housewife (see usage note at housewife)

Usage note

1. See housewife.
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Examples from the Web for homemaker

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Historical Examples

  • This is the offer of the Home Bureau to the homemaker of to-day.

  • 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.

    Quilts

    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

homemaker

noun
  1. mainly US and Canadian a person, esp a housewife, who manages a home
  2. US and Canadian a social worker who manages a household during the incapacity of the housewife
Derived Formshomemaking, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for homemaker

n.

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

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