care·​tak·​er | \ ˈker-ˌtā-kər How to pronounce caretaker (audio) \

Definition of caretaker

1 : one that gives physical or emotional care and support served as caretaker to the younger children
2 : one that takes care of the house or land of an owner who may be absent
3 : one temporarily fulfilling the function of office a caretaker government

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from caretaker

caretake \ ˈker-​ˌtāk How to pronounce caretake (audio) \ verb
caretaking \ ˈker-​ˌtā-​kiŋ How to pronounce caretaking (audio) \ 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

Though Luke is an alum, fans who had hopes of Ole Miss hiring a big-name coach to replace Freeze have never really embraced him and have viewed him mostly as a short-term caretaker as the program rides out the impact of significant NCAA penalties. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Tennessee stunned in worst loss ever and more college football observations from Week 1," 31 Aug. 2019 Many would prefer a more centrist figure — perhaps the former Conservative cabinet minister Kenneth Clarke — as the caretaker. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "What’s Next for Brexit? Six Possible Outcomes," 30 Aug. 2019 Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will come to the summit, but as a caretaker with an uncertain future after submitting his resignation on Tuesday. Anchorage Daily News, "With the global economy slowing and the U.S.-China trade war escalating, Trump arrives at G-7 with a list of grievances," 24 Aug. 2019 Over the course of their careers, most employees will need some time away to act as a caretaker. Fortune, "Retaining Good Employees Is Tougher Than Ever, but Offering Paid Family Leave Can Help," 15 Aug. 2019 And Intergenerational Service Corps will serve as caretakers for senior citizens. Catherine Kim, Vox, "Pete Buttigieg calls for expanding national service," 3 July 2019 One of the zoo's fan favorites, Bei Bei's caretakers marked his birthday with a cake laced with all the trimmings: fruit juice, fiber biscuits, pears, bananas, carrots, sweet potatoes and a sugar cane topping. Brandi Kellam, CBS News, "Bei Bei the giant panda celebrates last birthday at National Zoo before China move," 22 Aug. 2019 In May 2016 on the final day of the season against Leicester, then-caretaker manager Guus Hiddink handed Tomori his debut at Stamford Bridge., "Fikayo Tomori: 5 Things to Know About Chelsea's Defensive Starlet," 16 Aug. 2019 She is survived by several nieces and nephews including her niece and caretaker Lisa Jonaitis of Bristol., "Sally Vidziunas," 13 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'caretaker.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of caretaker

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about caretaker

Dictionary Entries near caretaker

care package







Statistics for caretaker

Last Updated

12 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for caretaker

The first known use of caretaker was in 1801

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for caretaker



English Language Learners Definition of caretaker

: a person who takes care of buildings or land while the owner is not there
chiefly US : a person who gives physical or emotional care to someone (such as a child, an old person, or someone who is sick)


care·​tak·​er | \ ˈker-ˌtā-kər How to pronounce caretaker (audio) \

Kids Definition of caretaker

: a person who takes care of property for someone else

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on caretaker

What made you want to look up caretaker? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


concealment of treason or felony

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!