housekeeper

noun
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 Sorkin’s script also expands the role of Calpurnia, the black housekeeper for the Finch family, and gives her a stronger voice about social issues and injustices of the time. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Ed Harris readies for free performance of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ at Madison Square Garden," 30 Jan. 2020 Phyllis Logan, best known for her role as the stoic, yet empathetic, housekeeper Mrs. Hughes, has what is certainly a less stressful Christmas tradition with her family: going out to a restaurant to eat. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "'Downton Abbey' Stars Jim Carter and Phyllis Logan Share Their Holiday Traditions," 19 Dec. 2019 In order to establish themselves in the Parks’ home, the Kims have to oust the housekeeper, Moon-gwang, who returns one rainy night when the Parks are away. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "The Irishman and Parasite: Two Paths for the Hustle," 11 Dec. 2019 Under the new contract, hotel housekeepers and other workers will reach a guaranteed base wage of $17 an hour by the end of the contract period. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Hotel workers make strides in new deal with downtown Hyatts," 15 Jan. 2020 Chopin screams at Ford, according to testimony from roughly a half-dozen nurses, housekeepers and personal assistants who have attended her. Jane Musgrave, USA TODAY, "Daughters claim ailing widow of Henry Ford II is being abused by longtime companion," 12 Jan. 2020 Chopin screams at Ford, according to testimony from roughly a half-dozen nurses, housekeepers and personal assistants who have attended her. Jane Musgrave, Detroit Free Press, "Daughters claim widow of Henry Ford II is being abused by longtime companion," 11 Jan. 2020 According to him, many local women also worked as nannies and housekeepers in private homes. Katie Lockhart, Smithsonian Magazine, "How This Abandoned Mining Town in Greenland Helped Win World War II," 28 Dec. 2019 The parents, meanwhile, invent lengthy employment histories as a highly sought-after driver and housekeeper. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "“Parasite” nails the inherent inequality of hiring household help," 20 Dec. 2019

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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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4 Feb 2020

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“Housekeeper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/housekeeper. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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housekeeper

noun
How to pronounce housekeeper (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of housekeeper

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

housekeeper

noun
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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