house·​keep·​er | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌkē-pər How to pronounce housekeeper (audio) \

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

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Synonyms for housekeeper


biddy, char [British], charwoman, handmaiden (also handmaid), house girl, housemaid, maid, maidservant, skivvy [British], wench

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Examples of housekeeper in a Sentence

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

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Maid in Manhattan features a hotel housekeeper Marisa (Jennifer Lopez) who poses as a socialite in order to date a politician (Ralph Fiennes). Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "Is All Rom-Com Love Based on a Lie?," 12 Feb. 2019 As a career woman and single parent to a young son, her character was a mom not often seen on TV, while Tony Danza's Tony Micelli took on the role of den mother/housekeeper. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Judith Light Has Really, Really Good Life Advice," 19 Jan. 2019 After telling Brianna the happy news about Claire and Jamie, Roger heads home to discover that Fiona (the granddaughter of Reverend Wakefield's druid housekeeper) has done some sleuthing of her own. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Outlander Season 4 Episode 4 Reveals How Claire & Jamie May Die," 26 Nov. 2018 Governor Schwarzenegger is confronted by a tsunami of rumors about the 14-year-old son of a former housekeeper. Marcia Desanctis, Town & Country, "Mark Sanford, Act II," 14 Feb. 2013 The parent birds were good housekeepers, initially removing the egg shells. Ernie Cowan,, "Seven for Seven - all the wren eggs hatch," 19 May 2018 Girls were put to work as housekeepers, washing laundry and cooking. Jeff Gammage,, "A search for native children who died on 'Outings' in Pa.," 2 May 2018 Then one of our housekeepers, a cheerful, large woman, stepped on a chick and killed it. WSJ, "Crank Up the Flavor: Leftover Rotisserie Chicken Recipes," 8 Feb. 2019 Michael and the children — Anabel (Pixie Davies), Georgie (Joel Dawson), and John (Nathanael Saleh) — along with their housekeeper, Ellen (Julie Walters), live in the big house at 17 Cherry Tree Lane. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Mary Poppins Returns — with a sadder story and forgettable songs," 12 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of housekeeper

circa 1528, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of housekeeper was circa 1528

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English Language Learners Definition of housekeeper

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


house·​keep·​er | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌkē-pər How to pronounce housekeeper (audio) \

Kids Definition of housekeeper

: a person employed to take care of a house

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