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.

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Community Day will feature awards and signage presented for both best dorm and best barn housekeeping, as well as a barbecue, raffles, prizes and giveaways. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Coppin State sprinter Joseph Amoah victorious at Aliann Pompey Invitational," 8 July 2019 Save some pounds for hotel staff who help with luggage, and for housekeeping. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The Right Way to Tip All Over the World," 22 May 2019 The positions are in operations, housekeeping, security, set up, and guest services, said SMG, which manages the complex. Karen Farkas,, "Job fair at Huntington Convention Center and Global Center on May 14," 9 May 2018 The Clara de was amazingly affordable for the times: $50 a month included a hot breakfast daily, full kitchen privileges, a private or shared room with linens and housekeeping and dormlike hallway bathrooms. New York Times, "‘We Began to Look Frantically for Something Resembling a Hospital’," 28 July 2019 Day-to-day tasks such as inside and outside maintenance, housekeeping and transportation are all handled by the caring and competent staff. Houston Chronicle, "Parkway Place: Independence is an aspiration," 19 July 2019 In total, the royal family spent £67 million ($85.2 million) of the Sovereign Grant this year on expenses including property maintenance, payroll and staff costs, travel, utilities, and housekeeping. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Home Renovations Cost $3 Million in Taxpayer Money," 25 June 2019 Don’t drink it—report it to the front desk or housekeeping. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Is It Safe to Travel to the Dominican Republic Right Now?," 13 June 2019 Both arbitration rulings seemed to call out management for straying into housekeeping and other menial chores, but last year, many Chicago hotels had no choice. Robert Channick,, "Hyatt sues union to let chefs keep a hand in food preparation at its hotels," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of housekeeping

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of housekeeping

: the work (such as cooking and cleaning) that is done in a house
: the things that must be done regularly to keep something working properly


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Kids Definition of housekeeping

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

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