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home economics

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noun
  1. the art and science of home management.
  2. 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.
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Origin of home economics

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900
Related formshome economist, noun
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Examples from the Web for home economics

Historical Examples

  • Such centers in home-economics laboratories have been appropriately called appreciation centers.

    The Teaching of Art Related to the Home

    Federal Board for Vocational Education

  • The home-economics laboratory offers an opportunity for centers in which interesting and artistic groupings may be arranged.

    The Teaching of Art Related to the Home

    Federal Board for Vocational Education

  • In some schools, the separate cottage is used to house the home-economics department.

    The Teaching of Art Related to the Home

    Federal Board for Vocational Education

  • Home-economics women of Berkeley, California, aided in collecting and making over old clothing.


British Dictionary definitions for home economics

home economics

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