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1. One who is employed to perform or direct the domestic tasks in a household.
2. A housewife or househusband.
3. An employee of an establishment, such as a hospital, inn, or hotel, who performs or coordinates housekeeping tasks.


1. (Commerce) 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


(ˈhaʊsˌki pər)

1. a person, often hired, who does or directs the domestic work and planning necessary for a home, as housecleaning or buying food.
2. an employee of a hotel, hospital, etc., who supervises the cleaning staff.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.housekeeper - a servant who is employed to perform domestic task in a householdhousekeeper - a servant who is employed to perform domestic task in a household
domestic, domestic help, house servant - a servant who is paid to perform menial tasks around the household
مُدَبِّرَة شؤون البيْت


[ˈhaʊsˌkiːpəʳ] Nama f de llaves; (in hotel) → gobernanta f


[ˈhaʊskiːpər] ngouvernante f


[ˈhaʊsˌkiːpəʳ] ngovernante f


(haus) plural houses (ˈhauziz) noun
1. a building in which people, especially a single family, live. Houses have been built on the outskirts of the town for the workers in the new industrial estate.
2. a place or building used for a particular purpose. a hen-house; a public house.
3. a theatre, or the audience in a theatre. There was a full house for the first night of the play.
4. a family, usually important or noble, including its ancestors and descendants. the house of David.
(hauz) verb
1. to provide with a house, accommodation or shelter. All these people will have to be housed; The animals are housed in the barn.
2. to store or keep somewhere. The electric generator is housed in the garage.
ˈhousing (-ziŋ) noun
1. houses. These flats will provide housing for the immigrants.
2. the hard cover round a machine etc.
ˈhousing benefit noun
a payment given by a government to people who are entitled to it according to certain criteria (eg poverty) when they buy or rent a house, an apartment etc.
house agent (American ˈreal-estate agent)
a person who arranges the sale or letting of houses.
house arrest
a type of arrest in which a person is not allowed to leave his own house. He was kept under house arrest.
ˈhouseboat noun
a type of boat, usually with a flat bottom, which is built to be lived in.
ˈhousebreaker noun
a person who breaks into a house in order to steal.
ˈhousebreaking noun
ˈhouse-fly noun
the common fly, found throughout the world.
ˈhousehold noun
the people who live together in a house, including their servants. How many people are there in this household?
ˈhouseholder noun
the person who owns a house or pays the rent for it.
household word
something which is well-known to everyone. His name is a household word throughout the country.
ˈhousekeeper noun
a person, usually a woman, who is paid to look after the management of a house.
ˈhousekeeping noun
the management of a house.
ˈhouseman noun
a recently qualified doctor who is living in a hospital while working there to complete his training.
ˈhousetrain verb
to train (a dog, cat etc) to be clean inside the house.
ˈhouse-warming noun
a party given after moving into a new house.
a house-warming party.
ˈhousewife nounplural ˈhousewives
a woman who looks after her house, her husband and her family, and who usually does not have a job outside the home.
ˈhousework noun
the work of keeping a house clean and tidy. My mother has a woman to help her with the housework.
like a house on fire
1. very well. The two children got on with each other like a house on fire.
2. very quickly. I'm getting through this job like a house on fire.
References in classic literature ?
And there's a tight little cottage of three rooms the two of you can housekeep in.
I would housekeep for you, and you could work as much as you pleased.
Two old bachelors--Jack does the chores and looks after the horses while David cooks, housekeeps and keeps an eye on the cattle.