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housewifenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈhaʊs.waɪf/ (plural housewives)
A2 a woman whose ​work is inside the ​home, doing the ​cleaning, ​cooking, etc., and who usually does not have any other ​job

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housewifely
adjective uk   us   /-li/
(Definition of housewife from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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housewifenoun [C]

 us   /ˈhɑʊsˌwɑɪf/ (plural -wives  /ˈhɑʊsˌwɑɪvz/ )
someone who ​manages a ​home and ​familyinstead of ​earningmoney from ​employment
(Definition of housewife from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “housewife”
in Arabic رَبّة مَنْزِل…
in Korean 주부…
in Portuguese dona de casa…
in Catalan mestressa de casa…
in Japanese 主婦…
in Chinese (Simplified) 家庭主妇,家庭妇女…
in Turkish ev hanımı/kadını…
in Russian домохозяйка…
in Chinese (Traditional) 家庭主婦,家庭婦女…
in Italian casalinga…
in Polish gospodyni domowa…
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