[ 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.

Origin of housekeeper

First recorded in 1375–1425, housekeeper is from the late Middle English word houskeper. See house, keeper

OTHER WORDS FROM housekeeper

house·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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