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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.
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  1. a live-in person.
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Origin of live-in

1950–55; adj., noun use of verb phrase live in (a place)
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Related Words for live-in

housekeeper, caregiver, governess, assistant, attendant, slave, helper, girl, housemaid, chambermaid, help, dependent, hireling, domestic, serf, minion, retainer, drudge, menial, server

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Word Origin and History for live-in


"residing on the premises," 1950, from live (v.) + in. Lived-in "inhabited, occupied" is first recorded 1873.

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