housekeeper

noun house·keep·er \ ˈhau̇s-ˌkē-pər \
|Updated on: 19 Aug 2018

Definition of housekeeper

1 : one employed to manage the domestic duties involved in maintaining a house
2 : a member of a household who manages the domestic duties of the household
  • She was her father's housekeeper
  • —Lucy Maud Montgomery
especially : one who keeps house in a specified way
  • was always a good/poor housekeeper
  • … a tidy housekeeper who kept flowers outside his unit …
  • —Kyle Swenson

Examples of housekeeper in a Sentence

  1. the bachelor doctor could easily afford to hire a housekeeper to cook and clean

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First Known Use of housekeeper

circa 1528

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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HOUSEKEEPER Defined for English Language Learners

housekeeper

Definition of housekeeper for English Language Learners

  • : a person whose job is to manage the cooking, cleaning, etc., in a house


HOUSEKEEPER Defined for Kids

housekeeper

noun house·keep·er \ ˈhau̇s-ˌkē-pər \

Definition of housekeeper for Students

: a person employed to take care of a house


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