house·keep·er | \ˈhau̇s-ˌkē-pər \

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

Keep scrolling 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

Heo found a job as a housekeeper at a resort on the holiday island of Jeju. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "A North Korean defector paid smugglers to get her family out. China sent them back.," 27 June 2018 Dawn worked two jobs, one as a hospice caregiver and the other as a housekeeper at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A house, once loved, becomes a home again, filled with magic," 12 June 2018 Steele will return to her job as a housekeeper at a local hotel this week. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "After a stray bullet wounded their toddler, an Anchorage couple copes with fear," 30 May 2018 Robert Scott Thomas, now 72, was a little boy when Stringfield worked as a housekeeper for his family. New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Bessie B. Stringfield, the ‘Motorcycle Queen of Miami’," 4 Apr. 2018 In October 1992, Kelly was working as a housekeeper for the British Ambassador to Germany, Sir Christopher Mallaby, before she was hired by the royal household, The Telegraph reports. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Who Is Angela Kelly, Queen Elizabeth's Personal Wardrobe Advisor?," 20 Feb. 2018 Shapiro hired the girl's mother as a housekeeper and nanny. Alyssa Fiorentino, Woman's Day, "Law & Order SVU Helped Catch A Young Girl's Attacker," 12 Feb. 2015 Last year, his company applied for permission to hire waiters, housekeepers, and cooks. Washington Post,, "Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club wants to hire 40 foreign workers," 6 July 2018 The newspaper reported nearly 300 U.S. workers had applied or been referred for jobs as waiters, waitresses, cooks and housekeepers but only 17 were hired. Skyler Swisher,, "Trump’s Mar-a-Lago wants to hire dozens of foreign workers," 6 July 2018

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.

See More

First Known Use of housekeeper

circa 1528, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about housekeeper

Share housekeeper

Statistics for housekeeper

Last Updated

14 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for housekeeper

The first known use of housekeeper was circa 1528

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for housekeeper



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 \

Kids Definition of housekeeper

: a person employed to take care of a house

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on housekeeper

What made you want to look up housekeeper? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to reject or criticize sharply

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

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