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 (hous′wī′fə-rē, -wīf′rē)
The function or duties of a housewife; housekeeping.


(ˈhaʊsˌwaɪ fə ri, -ˌwaɪf ri)

the function or work of a housewife; housekeeping.
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Noun1.housewifery - the work of a housewife
work - activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"


[ˈhaʊswɪfərɪ] N (= administration) → gobierno m de la casa; (= housework) → quehaceres mpl domésticos, tareas fpl de la casa
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It showed an eagerness for adventure, a readiness for the hand-to-mouth, which the care she took of her home and her love of good housewifery made not a little remarkable.
You perceive, my child, how much we are indebted to Remarkable for her skill in housewifery.
Beautiful as Mrs Kenwigs looked when she was dressed though, and so stately that you would have supposed she had a cook and housemaid at least, and nothing to do but order them about, she had a world of trouble with the preparations; more, indeed, than she, being of a delicate and genteel constitution, could have sustained, had not the pride of housewifery upheld her.
The women also had to take housewifery for an hour for one morning each week to teach us how to keep a good home.
The latter listed 159 types of economic activities none of which was housewifery, although #158 listed domestic "employees".
The Points of Housewifery, United to the Comfort of Husbandry (1580).
From this point on, the phrase "shit and string beans" is the novel's refrain, representing the physical and mental captivity entailed in housewifery, and particularly in the raising of small children and the maintenance of the affluent suburban household.
Her didactic fiction The Cottagers of Glenburnie (1806) proffered a fantasy of female omnicompetence in which--in part by promoting new habits of housewifery (e.
Beginning with a chapter on women's prophecies (she notes that over one-half of the texts published by women in this period were prophecies--and often, especially in the revolutionary years, overtly political ones), Hobby analyzes women's religious writings, their autobiographies and biographies of husbands, their "skills books" (on housewifery, medicine, and midwifery), and their education.
According to Matthews, although American women have always provided household services, the "golden age of domesticity" did not dawn until 1830, when pride in the craft tradition of housewifery combined with an emergent religiously based ideology to give the home a "transcendent" role as the repository of the healing power of love.
The analysis revealed that in 20 of 30 samples more space was devoted to fashion and beauty than to housewifery and motherhood combined; in 5 of the 15 samples from a first period there was more space devoted to careers than advice to motherhood.