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.

Nearby words

  1. homelessness,
  2. homelike,
  3. homeliness,
  4. homely,
  5. homemade,
  6. homemaking,
  7. homeo-,
  8. homeobox,
  9. homeobox gene,
  10. homeometric autoregulation

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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British Dictionary definitions for homemaker



mainly US and Canadian a person, esp a housewife, who manages a home
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



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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