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[German : Haus, house (from Middle High German hūs, from Old High German) + Frau, wife; see Frau.]
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(Sociology) a German housewife
[German, from Haus house + Frau woman, wife]
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house•wife(ˈhaʊsˌwaɪf or, usu., ˈhʌz ɪf for 2 )
n., pl. -wives (-ˌwaɪvz or, usu., -ɪfs or -ɪvz for 2 )
1. a married woman who manages her own household, esp. as her principal occupation.
2. Brit. a small case for sewing articles.
usage: housewife is regarded by some as offensive, perhaps because it implies a lowly status or perhaps because it defines a woman's occupation in relation to a man. Homemaker is a common substitute.
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A German word meaning a housewife.
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