[ liv-in ]
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  1. Also sleep-in. residing at the place of one's employment: a live-in maid.

  2. living in a cohabitant relationship.

  1. a live-in person.

Origin of live-in

1950–55; adj., noun use of verb phrase live in (a place) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use live-in in a sentence

  • We will still be husband and wife; we will take a small lodging, and you shall housekeep and live in-doors.

    The Grey Woman and other Tales | Mrs. (Elizabeth) Gaskell
  • The job that I had quit I was making $25 a week, gentlemen—a 24-hour live-in job.

    Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • If I except the water-bucket, which now and then goes down in the yard, we always live in-doors.

    Wonderful Stories for Children | Hans Christian Andersen
  • We will still be husband and wife; we will take a small lodging, and you shall house-keep and live in-doors.

    Curious, if True | Elizabeth Gaskell

British Dictionary definitions for live in

live in

/ (lɪv) /

verb(intr, adverb)
  1. (of an employee, as in a hospital or hotel) to dwell at one's place of employment

  1. living in the place at which one works: a live-in maid

  2. living with someone else in that person's home: a live-in lover

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Other Idioms and Phrases with live-in


Reside in one's place of employment or schooling, as in They wanted a baby-sitter who could live in, or Joe was planning to live in at the college. This expression is used primarily for domestic servants or students. [Late 1800s] Also see live out.

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