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

the function or work of a housewife; housekeeping.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.housewifery - the work of a housewife
work - activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"
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[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. She has indeed provided a noble repast—such as well might stop the cravings of hunger.”
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.
Awards for the best exhibits: Roach Trophy (vegetables) - Glenise Highes; Dunmore Trophy (cut flowers) - Julie Flisch; McEwan Trophy (flower arranging) - Maggie Price; Wilson Trophy (pot plants) - Julie Borland; Cookery Cup (baking and housewifery) - Julie Borland; Fintry Inn Cup (craft) - Irene Kelso; Kilewnan Cup (art) - Willie Sangster; Palgrave Trophy (children's section) - Eleanor Laidlaw; Rabbity Burn Trophy (children's knitting/ crochet) - Maggie O'Donnell.
She studied English, scripture, mathematics, nature study and manual training, which included lessons on housewifery and needlework.
The same fate were expecting the children of the workers from the cities too, the boys going to the factories, and the girls to schools of housewifery, tailoring, sanitary schools.
As they pass through to the Edwardian era and 1914, the boys experience rifle shooting lessons, while the girls learn housewifery and needlework.
As they pass through to the Edwardian era and 1914, the boys experience rifle-shooting lessons, while the girls learn housewifery and needlework.
He topics include white women and the domestic sphere: housewifery in the Rhodesian contest, white women and wage employment, white women's organization and settler society 1920s-1970s, and white women and the Homecraft Movement.
It may be that Elizabeth was a domestic servant to Susanna Thorns, and possibly apprenticed to housewifery, or perhaps they were actually mother and daughter.
I like a crisp, well-made bed in any bed-based location, but when it comes to general home-husbandry (note deliberate eschewing of that odious term, 'housewifery') the home one is husbanding is key.
The tides have turned, and gone are the days when women were only cut out to a life of housewifery and popping babies.