care·​tak·​er ˈker-ˌtā-kər How to pronounce caretaker (audio)
: one that gives physical or emotional care and support
served as caretaker to the younger children
: one that takes care of the house or land of an owner who may be absent
: one temporarily fulfilling the function of office
a caretaker government
caretake verb
caretaking noun

Examples of caretaker in a Sentence

We have a caretaker who watches the place for us while we are away. hired a caretaker for the mansion during the winter months
Recent Examples on the Web The group has named Fritz Alphonse Jean, who served as interim prime minister of Haiti’s 2016 caretaker government. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 8 Apr. 2024 The failure to extend water service to all Indigenous Americans is especially galling given their traditional role as nature’s caretakers, says Heather Whiteman Runs Him, associate clinical professor and director of the Tribal Justice Clinic at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Tyrone Beason, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2024 The stay inspired him to write his 1977 novel The Shining, about an author who serves as the caretaker of a similar hotel, and who begins to lose his grasp on reality. Carly Tagen-Dye, Peoplemag, 5 Apr. 2024 Still, Choi’s goal is ambitious—perhaps even noble—and belies the role she was appointed to fill: that of a caretaker CEO brought on to steady a company in turmoil. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 5 Apr. 2024 The truth is many growing families need more space, but the only pathway to renting a single-family home is dealing with mom-and-pop owners who may not be great caretakers. David Howard, Orange County Register, 1 Apr. 2024 From around Gaza, the children and their caretakers journeyed toward the border city of Rafah, facing Israeli shelling and desperate competition for food, Ms. Gamal said. Nariman El-Mofty Alan Yuhas, New York Times, 25 Mar. 2024 Jameela will be with her caretakers in her indoor habitat in the World of Primates on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m., the Fort Worth Zoo announced on social media Friday. Harriet Ramos, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 23 Mar. 2024 Craig Melvin's 'Groundhog Day' Meteorologist Joke Earns Awkward Laugh from Al Roker The little groundhogs' arrival surprised Punxsutawney Phil and Phyllis' caretakers, who first spotted the newborns on Saturday. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 28 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of caretaker was in 1801

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Cite this Entry

“Caretaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


care·​tak·​er ˈke(ə)r-ˌtā-kər How to pronounce caretaker (audio)
: one that takes care of buildings or land often for an absent owner

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