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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Examples of housekeeper in a Sentence

the bachelor doctor could easily afford to hire a housekeeper to cook and clean
Recent Examples on the Web In this South Korean erotic thriller, a poor young woman is hired as a nanny and live-in housekeeper for a wealthy family. Jordan Crucchiola, Vulture, "The 40 Best Horror Movies on Hulu Right Now," 17 Jan. 2021 Margot Roosevelt published a heartbreaking profile of Raquel Lezama, a hotel housekeeper who spent 20 years clawing out of poverty — only to face the possibility now of losing it all. Rachel Schnalzer, Los Angeles Times, "2020 changed the way we live, work and spend. Here’s a look back," 29 Dec. 2020 Liistro said a housekeeper was asymptomatically positive and appeared to infect a resident in the dementia unit, located on the first floor. Dave Altimari,, "Connecticut nursing homes are old and ill-equipped to contain viral spread. Did that make it easier for COVID-19 to tear through the facilities and kill thousands?," 20 Dec. 2020 VA Bedford said a housekeeper was the first of its employees to get the vaccine, shortly after Klessens received her shot. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Vaccine relief, ‘cooking the virus,’ drive-in legislating: News from around our 50 states," 17 Dec. 2020 Her mother had to work as a housekeeper despite having a college education. New York Times, "The Reality Behind Biden’s Plan to Legalize 11 Million Immigrants," 27 Jan. 2021 Grundhofer was born in Los Angeles, the son of a bartender and a housekeeper. Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune, "Jack Grundhofer, who built U.S. Bancorp in the 1990s, dies at 82," 27 Jan. 2021 My housekeeper recently arrived at my home visibly sick. New York Times, "Should I Warn My Ex’s Fiancée About His Cheating Heart?," 12 Jan. 2021 There were facts: two convictions for assault—for throwing a mobile phone at her housekeeper in 2006, and for assaulting two police officers after being ejected from a flight in 2008. Afua Hirsch, Vogue, "Trailblazer, Mentor, Provocateur: How Naomi Campbell Changed Modeling Forever," 19 Oct. 2020

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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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28 Feb 2021

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“Housekeeper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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