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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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You perceive, my child, how much we are indebted to Remarkable for her skill in housewifery.
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.
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.
One aspect of the school's history which has raised eyebrows is the building of a bungalow in the grounds which was used to teach housewifery skills to girls.
Yours Truly would never make Team GB in housewifery.
In this story, Lajo is a maidservant who is an expert in the tasks of housewifery such as cooking, cleaning, maintaining household finances, etc.
But once those pioneers helped establish the new communities, subsequent settlers "were perfectly willing to accept the suburban community as they found it (their only problem was 'how to fit in'); they were perfectly willing to fill their days with the trivia of housewifery.
Reputed to be from middle class families and chosen for their 'skill in housewifery duties' and 'excellence of character,' they are reported to have reached New Orleans in 1728, with others arriving in intervals, until 1751.
Suburban families had many of "their advantages paid for by minorities and the lower classes" (73), and "women's retreat to housewifery .
Florio's Second Frutes) You are pictures out of doors, Bells in your parlours; wildcats in your kitchens; Saints in your injuries; devils being offended; Players in your housewifery, and housewives in your beds.
Grace Foakes, who spent her childhood in East London in the early 20th century recollected in her autobiography My Part of the River: "If we did the housewifery course we were taught to sweep, dust, polish, make beds and bath a life-size doll.
Youngsters may be interested to know that not only was I taught cookery but also housewifery.