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.

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

Contemporary Examples of homemaker

Historical Examples of homemaker

  • 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.


    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



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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