house·​keep·​ing ˈhau̇s-ˌkē-piŋ How to pronounce housekeeping (audio)
: 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
: the work or activity of cleaning and preparing rooms for customers (as in a hotel)
often used before another noun
housekeeping services
took 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.
: the care and management of property and the provision of equipment and services (as for an industrial organization)
: 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 Additional perks afforded homeowners are myriad hotel-like amenities such as full-service housekeeping and landscaping maintenance, 24-hour security, provisioning services that ensure the villa is fully stocked upon arrival, and a dedicated villa manager that looks after the home year-round. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 9 Apr. 2024 Residents will have access to various services provided by Ritz-Carlton, like concierge service, housekeeping and other amenities. The Arizona Republic, 30 Mar. 2024 There's no front desk, no daily housekeeping, and no on-site restaurant and bar. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 19 Mar. 2024 Beyond the bustle of cleaning wounds and hand-feeding animals — some of the babies need to be fed every one to two hours — there’s the sheer amount of housekeeping that goes into caring for this many animals. Jess McHugh, Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2024 A bit of housekeeping After BAFTA attendees were properly lubricated at the pre-show cocktail reception, Royal Festival Hall staff had the unenviable task of herding them into the theater, where many continued to drink champagne out of paper cups. Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, 19 Feb. 2024 However, on the morning of Aug. 10, 1991, the housekeeping staff at the Sheraton Martinsburg discovered Casolaro naked in the bathtub with his wrists slashed multiple times. Lynsey Eidell, Peoplemag, 29 Feb. 2024 Secondly, there are services facilitated via a platform but physically carried out offline, often at specific locations, such as transportation and delivery services, housekeeping, gardening, or renovation work. Aleksandra Bal, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 Some have found off-the-books jobs in construction and housekeeping. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, 12 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of housekeeping was in 1529

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“Housekeeping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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: the care and management of a house and home affairs

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