Housekeeper vs. housewife

housekeeper = A person, esp. a woman whose job is to organise another person’s house and deal with cooking, cleaning, etc.

  • We can’t afford to employ a housekeeper.
  • After his wife’s death he decided to employ a housekeeper.

housewife = A married woman who does not have a full-time job outside the house.

  • Indira doesn’t want to give up her job and become a housewife.
  • Most women in Kerala don’t necessarily give up their jobs and become housewives when they get married.

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