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Interests or concerns of a domestic or religious nature, traditionally regarded as appropriate for a woman. Compare "women's work", a woman's place is in the home.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Unitarian. Apparently from German Kinder, Kirche, Küche, lit. ‘children, church, kitchen’ from Kinder, plural of Kind child + Kirche + Küche.
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