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

Synonyms for housekeeper


Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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 Satterfield spent more than two decades as a housekeeper for the Murdaugh family. Amir Vera And Eric Levenson, CNN, 15 July 2022 Blanca Limon cleaned 11 rooms during a recent shift as a housekeeper at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square — emptying trash cans, making beds, cleaning bathrooms in one of the most expensive cities in the world — and earned exactly $3 in tips. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2022 The Netflix series, like the manga, will tell the story of Anzu Murata, a young woman who infiltrates the house of the wealthy Mitarai family as a housekeeper in order to reclaim the life that was taken from her. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 July 2022 For example, someone changing bed linens, such as a housekeeper, could become infected. Meredith Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 7 July 2022 His mother, a Guatemalan immigrant, worked as a housekeeper in La Jolla mansions. Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2022 Georgina Rodney came to Seward with a group of five J-1 visa workers from Jamaica to work as a housekeeper at the Seward Windsong Lodge. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, 21 May 2022 The wavy coif and puffy jowls of the father disguised as a matronly housekeeper. Madalyn Amato, Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2022 Also occupying a housekeeper’s residence on the property was the elderly Larry Lee, West’s secretary since 1929. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 June 2022 See More

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

First Known Use of housekeeper

circa 1528, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Buying Guide

The Reviews team is passionate about cleaning and reviewed the Shark Vertex Pro Vacuum.

Learn More About housekeeper

Time Traveler for housekeeper

Time Traveler

The first known use of housekeeper was circa 1528

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near housekeeper




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for housekeeper

Last Updated

3 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Housekeeper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for housekeeper


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

Kids Definition of housekeeper

: a person employed to take care of a house

More from Merriam-Webster on housekeeper

Nglish: Translation of housekeeper for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of housekeeper for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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