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[hous-wahy-fuh-ree, -wahyf-ree] /ˈhaʊsˌwaɪ fə ri, -ˌwaɪf ri/
the function or work of a housewife; housekeeping.
Origin of housewifery
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English huswyfery. See housewife, -ery Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • When the schoolmaster got back Sue was making a pretence of doing some housewifery as if she lived there.

    Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy
  • No one with a high respect for housewifery could have written that line.

  • Commonly pride of housewifery incited to it—therefore it must be a triumph.

    Dishes & Beverages of the Old South Martha McCulloch Williams
  • Order in time and place are studied further in the chapter on housewifery.

  • What had she to do with a husband, and housewifery, and the bearing of children?

    Regiment of Women Clemence Dane
  • The cooking-schools are helping us in another useful branch of housewifery.

    Household Organization Florence Caddy
  • He stopped crying in order to watch them, for their housewifery interested him vastly.

  • But, with true Maryland housewifery, she must personally see to all the details of the annual flitting.

    Dorothy Evelyn Raymond
  • The practical instructions in housewifery, which are abundant, are set in the midst of a bright wholesome story.

    Gulf and Glacier Willis Boyd Allen
  • Be sure that with all the plainer parts of housewifery, Abby was also instructed in its graces.

    Abigail Adams and Her Times Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards

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