[ kair-tey-ker ]
/ ˈkɛərˌteɪ kər /


a person who is in charge of the maintenance of a building, estate, etc.; superintendent.
a person or group that temporarily performs the duties of an office.
British. a janitor.
a person who takes care of another.


involving the temporary performance of the duties of an office: a caretaker government.

Origin of caretaker

First recorded in 1855–60; care + taker

Related forms

care·tak·ing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for caretaker

British Dictionary definitions for caretaker


/ (ˈkɛəˌteɪkə) /


a person who is in charge of a place or thing, esp in the owner's absencethe caretaker of a school
(modifier) holding office temporarily; interima caretaker government
social welfare a person who takes care of a vulnerable person, often a close relativeSee also carer

Derived Forms

caretaking, noun
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