Homemaker vs. Housewife - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Housewife

    A housewife (also known as a homekeeper) is a woman whose work is running or managing her family's home—caring for her children; buying, cooking, and storing food for the family; buying goods that the family needs for everyday life; housekeeping, cleaning and maintaining the home; and making, buying and/or mending clothes for the family—and who is not employed outside the home (a career woman). A housewife who has children may be called a stay-at-home mother or mom and a househusband may be called a male homemaker or stay-at-home father. Webster's Dictionary defines a housewife as a married woman who is in charge of her household. The British Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (1901) defines a housewife as "the mistress of a household; a female domestic manager; a pocket sewing kit". (A small sewing kit is sometimes called a housewife or hussif.)Throughout history, women have usually worked for pay, either by contributing to farming and other family-owned businesses, or by working for outside employers. Housewives were common in developed countries for a few decades during the middle of the 20th century.

Wiktionary

  • Homemaker (noun)

    A person who maintains the upkeep of his or her residence, especially one who is not employed outside the home.

  • Housewife (noun)

    A woman, often unemployed, who spends most of her time maintaining the upkeep of her home and tending to household affairs.

  • Housewife (noun)

    The wife of a householder; the mistress of a family; the female head of a household.

  • Housewife (noun)

    A little case or bag for materials used in sewing, and for other articles of female work; – called also hussy.

  • Housewife (verb)

    alternative form of housewive

Oxford Dictionary

  • Homemaker (noun)

    a person, especially a woman, who manages a home.

  • Housewife (noun)

    a married woman whose main occupation is caring for her family, managing household affairs, and doing housework

    "I am not just a housewife, I am an accountant, nurse, negotiator, cook, driver"

    "the traditional division of labour between the husband as breadwinner and wife as housewife"

  • Housewife (noun)

    a small case for needles, thread, and other small sewing items.

Webster Dictionary

  • Housewife (noun)

    The wife of a householder; the mistress of a family; the female head of a household.

  • Housewife (noun)

    A little case or bag for materials used in sewing, and for other articles of female work; - called also hussy.

  • Housewife (noun)

    A hussy.

  • Housewife

    To manage with skill and economy, as a housewife or other female manager; to economize.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Homemaker (noun)

    a wife who who manages a household while her husband earns the family income

  • Housewife (noun)

    a wife who who manages a household while her husband earns the family income

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