[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. cares,
  2. caress,
  3. caressive,
  4. caressively,
  5. caret,
  6. carew,
  7. carew, thomas,
  8. careworn,
  9. carex,
  10. carey

Origin of caretaker

First recorded in 1855–60; care + taker

Related formscare·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 Formscaretaking, noun

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