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housewife

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English

Etymology

house + wife

Pronunciation

Person
Bag

Noun

Singular
housewife

Plural
housewives

housewife (housewives)
  1. The wife of a householder; the mistress of a family; the female head of a household.
  2. A little case or bag for materials used in sewing, and for other articles of female work; – called also hussy.
    • 1852: Tom Taylor and Charles Reade, Masks and Faces Act II
    Woffington's housewife, made by herself, homely to the eye, but holds everything in the world
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