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[hous-kee-per] /ˈhaʊsˌki pər/
a person, often hired, who does or directs the domestic work and planning necessary for a home, as cleaning or buying food.
an employee of a hotel, hospital, etc., who supervises the cleaning staff.
Origin of housekeeper
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English houskeper. See house, keeper
Related forms
housekeeperlike, adjective Unabridged
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  • If he asks about Mrs. Benker, say that she is a friend of my housekeeper.

    A Coin of Edward VII Fergus Hume
  • He then called out to his housekeeper and ordered her to cook the birds.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • Zillah was quite as devoted a wife and competent a housekeeper as her older sister, but not so wise and faithful a mother.

    Mildred at Home Martha Finley
  • The housekeeper then bade him good-night, saying that she was going at once to her room.

    Capitola's Peril Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
  • The day having dawned, the housekeeper went to fetch a woman, who agreed to nurse the infant in silence and secrecy.

    The Exemplary Novels of Cervantes Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
British Dictionary definitions for housekeeper


a person, esp a woman, employed to run a household
bad housekeeper, a person who is not an efficient and thrifty domestic manager
good housekeeper, a person who is an efficient and thrifty domestic manager
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Word Origin and History for housekeeper

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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