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noun, plural haus·fraus, haus·frau·en [hous-frou-uh n] /ˈhaʊsˌfraʊ ən/.
  1. a housewife.
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Origin of hausfrau

1790–1800; < German, equivalent to Haus house + Frau wife, woman
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Examples from the Web for hausfrauen

Historical Examples

  • These worthy Hausfrauen have no grace of dainty frills, diaphanous lace or rustling petticoats.

    A War-time Journal, Germany 1914 and German Travel Notes

    Harriet Julia Jephson

British Dictionary definitions for hausfrauen


  1. a German housewife
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Word Origin

German, from Haus house + Frau woman, wife
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