[hous-wahy-fuh-ree, -wahyf-ree]


the function or work of a housewife; housekeeping.

Origin of housewifery

First recorded in 1400–50, housewifery is from the late Middle English word huswyfery. See housewife, -ery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for housewifery

housework, housewifery

Examples from the Web for housewifery

Historical Examples of housewifery

  • 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.

  • For the child wife must be taught the duties of housewifery.

    Oriental Women

    Edward Bagby Pollard