housekeeper

[hous-kee-per]
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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 of housekeeper

First recorded in 1375–1425, housekeeper is from the late Middle English word houskeper. See house, keeper
Related formshouse·keep·er·like, adjective
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Related Words for housekeeper

servant, caretaker, housewife, maid, housemaid, chambermaid

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British Dictionary definitions for housekeeper

housekeeper

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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