house·​keep·​ing | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌkē-piŋ How to pronounce housekeeping (audio) \

Definition of housekeeping

1a : the management of a house and home affairs … coming home to husbands who won't share in the housekeepingThe Wilson Quarterly The first defense against insect infestation is good housekeeping (regular vacuuming) to remove eggs and larvae from the fabrics.— Sara J. Wolf
b : the work or activity of cleaning and preparing rooms for customers (as in a hotel) often used before another noun housekeeping servicestook a housekeeping job at a nearby hotel also : the department or employees responsible for doing such work If you need fresh towels you can call housekeeping.
2 : the care and management of property and the provision of equipment and services (as for an industrial organization)
3 : the routine tasks that must be done in order for a system to function or to function efficiently performing some computer housekeeping by deleting old files

Examples of housekeeping in a Sentence

We took the computer offline to do some basic housekeeping.
Recent Examples on the Web And the housekeeping of these proteins declines with aging. Steven Strogatz, Quanta Magazine, 27 July 2022 Relaxed immigration policies could also help fill open positions, particularly low-wage housekeeping roles, Mr. Miller said. Kate King And Inti Pacheco, WSJ, 26 July 2022 Positions available include retail, security, housekeeping and guest experience. Drake Bentley, Journal Sentinel, 21 July 2022 Similar benefits will be offered to existing small businesses in villages that hire college graduates, including in fields such as housekeeping and elderly care. Laura He, CNN, 13 June 2022 News outlets reported the fair is hiring workers for dozens of roles including admission, traffic control, guest services, operations, maintenance, outdoor cleanup and housekeeping. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 July 2022 Residents have access to a 24-hour team, as well as daily housekeeping and other services. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 19 July 2022 O’Brien is the housekeeping and serving coordinator at the lodge, which is in the Kantishna area at Mile 89 of the road that cuts through Denali National Park and Preserve. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 16 July 2022 To withstand a virus’ evolution, some scientists have tried to design vaccines that target a component that doesn’t change — say, a protein that performs some housekeeping task that’s crucial to its survival. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of housekeeping

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Housekeeping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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house·​keep·​ing | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌkē-piŋ \

Kids Definition of housekeeping

: the care and management of a house or the rooms of a hotel

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