house·​keep·​er ˈhau̇s-ˌkē-pər How to pronounce housekeeper (audio)
: one employed to manage the domestic duties involved in maintaining a house
: a member of a household who manages the domestic duties of the household
She was her father's housekeeperLucy 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

Examples of housekeeper in a Sentence

they hired a housekeeper to help their aging parents live at home
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1528, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of housekeeper was circa 1528

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“Housekeeper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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house·​keep·​er ˈhau̇-ˌskē-pər How to pronounce housekeeper (audio)
: a person employed to take care of a house

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