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 Marina Bonilla, 40, lost her job as a hotel housekeeper when the pandemic began. New York Times, 17 May 2021 Rather, du Maurier lives inside each of the three main characters of the novel: Rebecca, the second Mrs. de Winter, but also Mrs Danvers, the housekeeper who’s so fiercely and jealously protective of her former mistress’ legacy. Anne Cohen,, 21 Oct. 2020 So that Kristin Scott Thomas could slink around looking malevolent as the scary housekeeper Mrs. Danvers? Tribune News Service, cleveland, 20 Oct. 2020 So, this really is the end — unless James plans to retell it once again, from the point of view of the housekeeper, the bodyguard — or the riding crop. Washington Post, 29 June 2021 The humor in this episode borders on slapstick, with the housekeeper’s body being dragged around the estate contrasting the gossipy chatter of the rich attendees. Emma Rubin, Vulture, 21 June 2021 Rounding out the cast is season 11 Miss Congeniality Nina West as Alice, the beloved housekeeper originally played by Ann B. Davis, as well as guest stars RuPaul and Michelle Visage as new characters named The Wig Attendant and Helen, respectively. Karen Mizoguchi,, 25 June 2021 Another housekeeper at the Hilton, Yolanda Chen, has so far not been lucky enough to get her job back. Chase Difeliciantonio, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 May 2021 The housekeeper, Magda, brought out salad, loaves of warm sourdough, Yorkshire pudding, Brussels sprouts. Ew Staff,, 11 May 2021

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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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22 Jul 2021

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“Housekeeper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 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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