follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers

caretaker

[kair-tey-ker] /ˈkɛərˌteɪ kər/
noun
1.
a person who is in charge of the maintenance of a building, estate, etc.; superintendent.
2.
a person or group that temporarily performs the duties of an office.
3.
British. a janitor.
4.
a person who takes care of another.
adjective
5.
involving the temporary performance of the duties of an office:
a caretaker government.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; care + taker
Related forms
caretaking, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for caretaker
  • The basic foundation of psychological health is trust from the original caretaker.
  • Since becoming the collection's official caretaker, she has reached out to specialists in metals, plastics and rubber.
  • As caretaker of the village's cremation ground, he claimed to have a license to dispose of the dead.
  • My father has been her primary caretaker and this has been adversely affecting his health as well.
  • From a ghostly bagpiper to a creepy caretaker to a haunted hound, restless spirits abound.
  • Now retired, he spends his time with his caretaker and enjoys swimming and walking through the forests he once logged.
  • If the gate's not open, knock and the caretaker will let you wander the grounds.
  • How these two peoples-the destined parvenu and the doomed caretaker of a continent-would have interacted is a potent mystery.
  • We backed up and followed the gravel road to a small caretaker shack.
  • Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts not only about seizure response dogs, but also about my former caretaker.
British Dictionary definitions for caretaker

caretaker

/ˈkɛəˌteɪkə/
noun
1.
a person who is in charge of a place or thing, esp in the owner's absence: the caretaker of a school
2.
(modifier) holding office temporarily; interim: a caretaker government
3.
(social welfare) a person who takes care of a vulnerable person, often a close relative See also carer
Derived Forms
caretaking, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for caretaker

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for caretaker

15
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with caretaker

Nearby words for caretaker