Definition of housewife noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈhaʊswaɪf//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaʊswaɪf//
(pl. housewives
BrE BrE//ˈhaʊswaɪvz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaʊswaɪvz//
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a woman who stays at home to cook, clean, take care of the children, etc. while her husband or partner goes out to work compare house husband Word OriginMiddle English husewif (see house, wife).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: housewife