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housekeeper

[hous-kee-per] /ˈhaʊsˌki pər/
noun
1.
a person, often hired, who does or directs the domestic work and planning necessary for a home, as cleaning or buying food.
2.
an employee of a hotel, hospital, etc., who supervises the cleaning staff.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English houskeper. See house, keeper
Related forms
housekeeperlike, adjective
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Examples from the web for housekeeper
  • Unable to tell him the truth, she instead becomes his housekeeper, and a relationship eventually develops between the two.
  • Her hostess was a busy, unbeautiful old maid, sister and housekeeper of the village physician.
  • Her raucous housekeeper's conversation, and cooking, are best forgotten.
  • Arriving at evening, they announced themselves to the housekeeper.
  • Angela is not a housekeeper and typically spends her occasional better days drinking tea and gossiping with neighboring cronies.
  • Dora told me, shortly afterwards, that she was going to be a wonderful housekeeper.
  • It would be well to follow their example, and it is the duty of every housekeeper to learn the art of soup making.
  • He was arrested for insolence to a housekeeper who refused him food.
  • housekeeper for an elderly lady makes a bedspread to be raffled off for some war cause.
  • He then fled the residence in the housekeeper's vehicle.
British Dictionary definitions for housekeeper

housekeeper

/ˈhaʊsˌkiːpə/
noun
1.
a person, esp a woman, employed to run a household
2.
bad housekeeper, a person who is not an efficient and thrifty domestic manager
3.
good housekeeper, a person who is an efficient and thrifty domestic manager
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Word Origin and History for housekeeper
n.

mid-15c., "householder," from house (n.) + agent noun of keep (v.). Sense of "female head domestic servant of a house" is from c.1600.

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