[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. household troops,
  2. household word,
  3. householder,
  4. househusband,
  5. housekeep,
  6. housekeeping,
  7. housel,
  8. houselander,
  9. houseleek,
  10. houseless

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for housekeeper


/ (ˈhaʊsˌkiːpə) /


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.

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