- 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
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Examples from the Web for housekeeper
She was once quoted as saying that she wanted to help all women who “are not wasting life being a housekeeper.”Meet 'The Queen of Thieves' Marm Mandelbaum, New York City's First Mob Boss
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When Hart and Cohle interviewed the old Tuttle housekeeper, she also remembered a scarred face.How ‘True Detective’ Will End
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It was Beethoven who once fired his housekeeper for telling a lie.Japan’s Beloved Deaf Composer is Neither Deaf Nor a Composer
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A housekeeper came out to buy some, wiping her hands on her apron.Mexico City’s Magical Moment of Resurgence
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And, while he was vetoing marriage equality, it turns out that he was carrying on with his housekeeper!‘To Be Takei’ Traces George Takei’s Journey From Japanese Internment Camps to Cultural Icon
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The housekeeper had lived with your father, and been retained by his lordship.
This led me to request a sight of that villa—a crown to the housekeeper got me admittance.
"And precious little good will it do her," said the housekeeper.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
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We keep all close till after the burying, for fear—that was the housekeeper's order.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
My father had a housekeeper, a trusty woman, he considered her.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
- 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
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