Definition of housekeeper in English:



  • 1A person employed to manage a household.

    • ‘He had taken Spanish in high school and also learned a lot from the Hispanic housekeepers his family had employed throughout the years.’
    • ‘This includes approximately 75,000 workers who serve the rich and very rich in such jobs as limousine drivers, nannies, housekeepers, waiters and bellhops.’
    • ‘She manages with a part-time housekeeper, Helen, who moves in full time if she is away.’
    • ‘In the towns, people work as street vendors, in the construction industry, as maids and housekeepers, or as plumbers, electricians, or carpenters.’
    • ‘Similarly, women in domestic service as housekeepers or parlour maids had to make a choice between work and marriage.’
    • ‘Personal staff costs - for two butlers, a valet, four chefs, two chauffeurs, eight housekeepers, eight gardeners and a secretariat - are probably another £1m.’
    • ‘Even without abuse per se, long hours of isolated, physically exhausting domestic labor for live-in nannies, cooks and housekeepers can extend beyond what most employees would tolerate.’
    • ‘In other cases, women answered advertisements by foreign tour operators or employment agencies looking for au pairs, models, housekeepers and waitresses.’
    • ‘In this Golden Age, the heroes were neither cops nor outlaws, doctors nor housekeepers, ranch-owners nor lawyers, spies nor mafia hoods.’
    • ‘He is a bachelor so he might want to employ a housekeeper and a gardener, but that's up to him.’
    • ‘Critics from both the right and the left accuse middle-class women of neglecting their children and exploiting the immigrant women they employ as nannies and housekeepers.’
    • ‘They will include chefs, housekeepers and waiters as well as business owners.’
    • ‘People with occupational exposure to latex include medical professionals, housekeepers, tire manufacturers, and latex industry workers.’
    • ‘In a scheme being piloted for the first time outside London, affluent city workers can employ Filipino housekeepers, who combine nannying skills with domestic service.’
    • ‘The owner fled the scene before police arrived, leaving the housekeeper and the girls inside their rooms.’
    • ‘Then rent a fully staffed luxury villa in Mallorca that comes with a butler, chef, housekeeper, maid and gardener.’
    • ‘During the fall and winter, cooks, housekeepers, and other attendants saw to the owners' needs.’
    • ‘The striking workers include part-time housekeepers, cooks, ticket takers, ushers, bartenders, concession workers, servers, and conversion and ice crews.’
    • ‘At a job fair on Sunday, one firm was employing men housekeepers only and offering high remuneration.’
    • ‘Although she has the support of doctors, nurses and housekeepers, the former First Lady oversees her husband's care, despite the effect it has on her own health.’
    attendant, retainer
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    1. 1.1A person employed to perform cleaning and other domestic tasks in a hotel or institution.