housekeeper

noun
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

Synonyms

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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Bono’s description of how Pavarotti sweet-talked his housekeeper to gain access to him is particularly charming. Kenneth Turan, Detroit Free Press, "Ron Howard crafts an emotional tribute to Pavarotti," 27 June 2019 The housekeeper will find someone who needs them (this is not in lieu of a gratuity). Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "For two weeks’ vacation, all you need is a carry-on and these handy travel tips," 30 July 2019 When patients who have been treated for highly infectious illnesses are discharged, the human housekeepers are followed by a cleaning robot that zaps germs and microorganisms with an ultraviolet light. CBS News, "Hospitals mobilize to fight deadly superbug doctors call a "double whammy"," 30 July 2019 Afraid of the possibility of immigration raids, the housekeeper and receptionist said she's started bringing her daughter to work more often to protect her. Gianluca Mezzofiore And Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, "They're immigrants. Their kids are US citizens. And they're scared," 25 July 2019 Bono’s description of how Pavarotti sweet-talked his housekeeper to gain access to him is particularly charming. Kenneth Turan, Detroit Free Press, "Ron Howard crafts an emotional tribute to Pavarotti," 27 June 2019 According toThe Mirror, the dress was donated to a secondhand store in Hereford by the housekeeper of Mynde Park estate, where Diana's close friend Caroline Twiston-Davies lived. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "A Princess Diana Dress That Was Bought Used for £200 in 1994 Is Now On Sale for £100K," 2 Dec. 2018 Bono’s description of how Pavarotti sweet-talked his housekeeper to gain access to him is particularly charming. Kenneth Turan, Detroit Free Press, "Ron Howard crafts an emotional tribute to Pavarotti," 27 June 2019 On July 20, Bennington's body was discovered by his housekeeper. Ed Masley, azcentral, "He took 10,000 photos of Chester Bennington. Now, his images are a traveling memorial," 18 June 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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housekeeper

noun

English Language Learners Definition of housekeeper

: a person whose job is to manage the cooking, cleaning, etc., in a house

housekeeper

noun
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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