house·​man | \ ˈhau̇s-mən How to pronounce houseman (audio) , -ˌman \

Definition of houseman

: a person who performs general work about a house or hotel

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Recent Examples on the Web Added to the mix are Isaac’s son (Eli Gelb), her father’s houseman (Jeff Skowron) and the maid (Kimberly Jürgen). Ellen Olivier, Los Angeles Times, "Idina Menzel, Dana Delany, Andrew Rannells celebrate after the opening night of ‘Skintight’," 14 Sep. 2019 The houseman, Rinaldo Rizzo, worked for Dubin and his wife, Eva, a former Miss Sweden and founder of the Dubin Breast Center at Mount Sinai., "Huge cache of newly unsealed records detail how Jeffrey Epstein and his madam lured girls into sexual servitude," 10 Aug. 2019 The butler/houseman, Alfredo Rodriguez, is later charged with obstruction of justice and sentenced to federal prison. Fox News, "Jeffrey Epstein dead: Timeline of sexual abuse allegations and related legal cases," 18 July 2019 Epstein listed 14 phone numbers for Trump; his wife, Melania; his longtime personal assistant, Norma Foerderer; his houseman; and his security officer. Marc Fisher, Anchorage Daily News, "Epstein built a network of powerful defenders," 10 July 2019 His doubts were fully dissolved when Ms. Blair, then a paralegal at Miller Law Group in Charlottesville, made a spur-of-the-moment visit to Mr. Martin, who at the time was working as a houseman at the Cavalier Inn. New York Times, "Months After a Brutal Day in Charlottesville, a Tender Wedding," 16 May 2018 The supporting cast is nothing short of dear — her awkward twin brother, taciturn physician father, elderly grandmother, devoted houseman and brave uncle. Susan Faust, San Francisco Chronicle, "Roundup of children’s books," 24 Feb. 2018 There are a chef, a housekeeper, and a laundress, and two housemen/waiters; Basso's group also had a captained boat at their disposal day and night. Lauren Lipton, Town & Country, "The Thrilla in the Villa: Inside the World of Luxury Vacation Rentals," 13 Mar. 2015 Burmeister said her father, Frank Kampschulte, was a butler and houseman for David Adler. Denys Bucksten,, "Adler Center holds annual Speakeasy Benefit," 22 May 2017

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First Known Use of houseman

1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Houseman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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house·​man | \ ˈhau̇-smən How to pronounce houseman (audio) \
plural housemen\ -​smən How to pronounce housemen (audio) \

Medical Definition of houseman

chiefly British

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