domestic labor

(noun) The numerous tasks associated with maintaining a household such as childcare, elder-care, or housework.

Example: Cleaning the bathroom or taking out the trash.

Audio Pronunciation: (do·mes·tic la·bor)

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: domestic labors
  • Not to be confused with wage labor, which is labor sold by a worker to an employer.
  • The Sociology of Housework (1974) by Ann Oakley (1944) fueled the sociological discussion of domestic labor, as did The Second Shift: Working Parents and the Revolution at Home (1989) by Arlie Hochschild (1940) and Anne Machung over a decade later.
  • In contrast to domestic labor, household work strategy refers to labor inside and outside the home.
  • Variant form: domestic labour
  • Domestic labor used in a sentence: My mom and dad try to equally split the domestic labor in the house.

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