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[hous-wahy-fuh-ree, -wahyf-ree] /ˈhaʊsˌwaɪ fə ri, -ˌwaɪf ri/
the function or work of a housewife; housekeeping.
Origin of housewifery
late Middle English
First recorded in 1400-50, housewifery is from the late Middle English word huswyfery. See housewife, -ery Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • No one with a high respect for housewifery could have written that line.

  • What had she to do with a husband, and housewifery, and the bearing of children?

    Regiment of Women Clemence Dane
  • Order in time and place are studied further in the chapter on housewifery.

  • Cooking, sewing, and housewifery are a part of the school work.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • For the child wife must be taught the duties of housewifery.

    Oriental Women

    Edward Bagby Pollard
  • The cooking-schools are helping us in another useful branch of housewifery.

    Household Organization Florence Caddy
  • But, with true Maryland housewifery, she must personally see to all the details of the annual flitting.

    Dorothy Evelyn Raymond
  • Be sure that with all the plainer parts of housewifery, Abby was also instructed in its graces.

    Abigail Adams and Her Times

    Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
  • Schools of housewifery for the training of mountain peasant girls for domestic service.

    One Irish Summer William Eleroy Curtis
  • And in a few moments the old lady scuttled in, bearing the looking-glass—a triumph of New England housewifery!

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