Definition of home economics in US English:

home economics

plural noun

  • often treated as singular Cooking and other aspects of household management, especially as taught at school.

    • ‘‘A lot of them were harder than I thought they'd be, especially home economics last Friday,’ she said.’
    • ‘I had all the usual classes, plus physical education and home economics.’
    • ‘The purpose of the competition is to provide recognition for home economics in schools, increase students' culinary and creative skills as well as to encourage the use of local products.’
    • ‘Ogler wants to study psychology next year and said her best subjects, other than history, were home economics and biology.’
    • ‘The programme is also looking at material needed for practical subjects like woodwork, bricklaying and home economics so that it can look at its budget for learner support material.’
    • ‘I've never felt the need to make another metal coathook since leaving metalwork classes, but cookery and simple home economics would seem like a good thing to have in the brain.’
    • ‘To this end, he was going to choose home economics as a subject at school, but his mother stepped in, offering him 100 bucks to take drama instead.’
    • ‘There is a modern wood-work/construction studies section and home economics and technical graphics rooms all equipped and fitted to the highest standards.’
    • ‘On the other hand, home economics was virtually empty, with Miss Orton teaching to a small knot of girls made to do the cookery class by their parents.’
    • ‘The school offers a wide range of facilities including five computer suites, art rooms, practical areas for home economics, eight science laboratories and music rooms.’
    • ‘Girls continue to out-perform right across the board, scooping more high grades than boys in a whole range of subjects from maths and science through to home economics and French.’
    • ‘My eldest sister had studied home economics in the late sixties.’
    • ‘They then took part in some wartime lessons, including baking some rock cakes in home economics, doing PT, learning German in readiness for an invasion and looking at war artefacts.’
    • ‘Next came home economics, and was surprisingly taught my a man.’
    • ‘When my mother was a home economics teacher she taught the full gamut of the subject, purchasing, costing, dietary values of food, how to shop in a butchers, greengrocers and fishmongers.’
    • ‘On returning, though still an undergraduate, he tutored in qualitative analysis, at which he excelled; and also taught a course for students of home economics.’
    • ‘As well as taking the oral exams, teachers also oversee practical examinations in subjects including music and home economics, between February and May.’
    • ‘At Junior Certificate level, deadlines are looming for home economics and metalwork projects, and practicals in home economics and music are set to begin at the end of the month.’
    • ‘For the most part, the curriculum at this elementary school is typical: social studies, math, science, music, art, gym and home economics.’
    • ‘The work will involve the refurbishment of specialist rooms at the school - woodwork, metalwork, science and home economics.’
    household management, domestic work, domestic duties, homemaking, the running of the home
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home economics

/ˈˌhoʊm ɛkəˈnɑmɪks/