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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Synonyms for housekeeper


biddy, char [British], charwoman, handmaiden (also handmaid), house girl, housemaid, maid, maidservant, skivvy [British], wench

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Examples of housekeeper in a Sentence

the bachelor doctor could easily afford to hire a housekeeper to cook and clean

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At about noon, the housekeeper entered the home but didn’t notice anything out of place. Dave Altimari,, "The events of May 24, the last day Jennifer Farber Dulos was seen alive, are a key element of the investigation into her disappearance," 16 June 2019 Women work in hotels as housekeepers, maids, and cooks, earning independent incomes for the first time. National Geographic, "This Indian community welcomes leopards," 22 Mar. 2019 Hotel porters and housekeepers will also always appreciate tips. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The Right Way to Tip All Over the World," 22 May 2019 Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club has asked permission to hire 78 foreign workers to serve as cooks, waiters and housekeepers during this winter’s social season in Palm Beach, Fla., according to Labor Department data. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: CFPB further under fire with Kavanaugh pick for Supreme Court," 11 July 2018 Help in the form of a professional care provider – or a housekeeper or cook -- also can be arranged to come to the home. Doug Williams,, "How to get anything — from doughnuts to diapers — delivered," 27 Apr. 2018 The club — a for-profit business, which also serves as Trump’s weekend home and 'Winter White House' — submitted applications to hire 21 cooks, 40 waiters and 17 housekeepers from overseas. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: CFPB further under fire with Kavanaugh pick for Supreme Court," 11 July 2018 According to the plea agreement, company funds were used to pay a housekeeper to regularly clean his boat and his primary and secondary residences. Karen Berkowitz,, "Highland Park businessman sentenced to 2 years for tax evasion," 6 July 2018 Maid in Manhattan features a hotel housekeeper Marisa (Jennifer Lopez) who poses as a socialite in order to date a politician (Ralph Fiennes). Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "Is All Rom-Com Love Based on a Lie?," 12 Feb. 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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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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to take the place or position of

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