Definition of housekeeping in English:



  • 1The management of household affairs.

    • ‘She was in her 90th year but insisted on doing her own baking and housekeeping.’
    • ‘I am able to stay at home while both my parents work; I help them with housekeeping and some cooking.’
    • ‘For her, hospital management was simply good housekeeping.’
    • ‘They stopped being taught things like ironing, housekeeping, serving.’
    • ‘As well as having to cater for more than 100 people each day, she had to organise cleaning and housekeeping for residents, manage a licensed bar, look after hospitality services and produce menus in Braille.’
    • ‘I've met many more British women who really understand the details of housekeeping.’
    • ‘And, the Marina turned a great leveller as hotel employees cutting across echelons - from general manager to housekeeping staffer - joined hands to give the beach a face-lift.’
    • ‘Although this column, like its predecessors, devoted some space to fashion tips and general good housekeeping, it did begin to bring discussions of women's role in Ireland out of the purely domestic sphere.’
    • ‘The facility will provide 24-hour staffing, assistance with medication, housekeeping, laundry, meal service and exercise and activity programs.’
    • ‘‘For the last two years I have not had to bother about cooking and housekeeping, the main worries of a housewife,’ says Mrs. Kamath.’
    • ‘Thus skills were taught with regard to childcare, cooking, housekeeping, handicrafts, raising chickens, cattle and pigs, growing vegetables and fruits.’
    • ‘And if you have a housekeeper, you know once your housekeeper comes, you're probably not inclined to do heavy cleaning, maybe light housekeeping.’
    • ‘He is in control of the money coming into the household and the amount that is available for housekeeping, she has to manage the daily expenditure.’
    • ‘While the definition of women's work has expanded, that of men's work has not, and women who work full-time outside the home are still expected to do all the cooking and housekeeping.’
    • ‘Still, if it wasn't for the team, we would only be pestering our partners or getting on with the decorating and housekeeping!’
    • ‘Helene employed household help, but Cullman's German housewives prided themselves on their industriousness and housekeeping without servants.’
    • ‘Margrith has trained young, aspiring hospital and old age home managers to be, in housekeeping, specializing in cooking.’
    • ‘Moreover, the content of the magazines still deals with typical women's issues, such as beauty, cooking and housekeeping.’
    • ‘While staying at Maitri, the Indian station, she was obliged to perform all duties, including cooking, clearing snow, burning garbage and housekeeping.’
    • ‘I think housekeeping is closely linked to homemaking.’
    household management, domestic work, domestic duties, homemaking, the running of the home
    home economics, domestic science
    housecraft, housewifery
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    1. 1.1Money set aside or given for the management of household affairs.
      ‘writing barely pays my part of the housekeeping’
      • ‘The father in the family as a rule made most of the decisions about expenditure, although a lot of women were given a housekeeping allowance and allowed to decide how that would be budgeted.’
      • ‘He pays all the bills except the housekeeping, as he has a good salary.’
      • ‘This horse will start at prohibitive odds for the race and though he should win without too much fuss he is not one to risk the housekeeping on.’
      • ‘My Thai wife has started being very secretive about the housekeeping money.’
      • ‘She wants around 10,000 baht every month and honestly I am having trouble saving this amount out of the housekeeping money each month.’
      • ‘By referring to an allowance to cover the expenses of the home, it appears to cover only money handed over to a wife for weekly housekeeping.’
      • ‘What the examiners have done here is to take three issues of property rights, i.e. common funds, gifts, housekeeping allowances, and weave a separate story around each.’
      • ‘The policy covers 80 per cent of costs such as childcare, housekeeping, cooking, ironing and transport after the first 30 days.’
      • ‘Relations between the two are frosty, because George makes a bit too free with the housekeeping money, but they always end up in bed together.’
      • ‘What about the stress it causes to his partner and family when he has gambled away the housekeeping money!’
      • ‘Twelve-year-old Robert's mum went off on holiday leaving the housekeeping with him and his younger siblings.’
      • ‘Lot of people would say to me oh, I'm saving up my little extra housekeeping money just to come and spend here because there is no sales tax.’
      • ‘Conversely joint-pool couples are most likely to agree that responsibility for breadwinning and housework should be shared and those adopting a housekeeping allowance system are least likely to agree.’
      • ‘The woman had made no direct payments towards the cost of acquisition, but had paid for furnishings, bought a car and contributed to housekeeping expenses.’
      • ‘Plastic bars will come down to split the house in two, with those in the rich part given £400 housekeeping money and access to better living conditions.’
      • ‘These publications made the mother of three float through her daily chores, burn the dinner, overcook the peas, but more important, enabled her to supplement the housekeeping.’
      • ‘He handed over the housekeeping every Friday night and kept some back to run his struggling, one-man business.’
      • ‘Rather insultingly he left housekeeping money for me and my sister - with the strict instruction that I wasn't allowed anywhere near it.’
    2. 1.2US A department within a hotel or other residential facility that oversees the cleaning of rooms and the provision of necessities such as towels and glassware.
      ‘you'll never have to nag housekeeping for a set of dry towels’
      • ‘Springtime trails are messy, so the housekeeping staff graciously clean your mud-caked hiking boots each afternoon.’
      • ‘The same for other products and services mentioned that I may not need or want, such as food on the airline or extra housekeeping at a hotel.’
      • ‘A young woman cares for her younger sisters by holding down a housekeeping job at the hotel.’
      • ‘The strike is affecting all basic services to the hotels including housekeeping, laundry, catering and reception.’
      • ‘On January 6, after regular room cleaning, housekeeping staff noticed that that there appeared to be an argument in process but paid no attention and continued with their duties.’
      • ‘In any case, during the two days we occupied this room, housekeeping apparently never noticed the problem, either.’
      • ‘One of the dead workers had worked in housekeeping at the hotel for 15 years.’
      • ‘They handled the housekeeping, cooking, laundry, chauffeuring, financial matters and even bathed Alberta.’
      • ‘Above all else, travelers overwhelmingly agree that hotel housekeeping needs to clean up its act.’
      • ‘‘This affects all non-nursing staff: cooks, catering staff, housekeeping, clerical and maintenance,’ she said.’
      • ‘The students work part time in light maintenance, housekeeping, retail, dishwashing and stockrooms.’
      • ‘In a letter to the hospital's housekeeping manager, he complains of blood spots on unmopped floors, litter under the bed, dusty windowsills and mould around ceiling extractor fans.’
      • ‘Mohammed was working in the housekeeping department of the hotel.’
      • ‘He phones the hotel and housekeeping assures him that his dentures will be packed and sent to him.’
      • ‘A 10-week part-time hotel housekeeping training course will take place in the Erris area this autumn.’
      • ‘Hotel housekeeping may not sound glamorous or romantic but a Hollywood film could transform the image of this ordinary job.’
      • ‘The kitchen, housekeeping, cleaning and care attendants were further infuriated to find their jobs advertised in the local media just before the weekend.’
      • ‘Hospital manager, Ann Slattery, said nursing, housekeeping and paramedics have been struck, along with patients at the unit.’
      • ‘The former head of housekeeping at the ranch claimed the woman had become ‘uppity’ when she was promoted to become the owner's personal maid.’
      • ‘Paraguayan American women also accepted jobs in hotel housekeeping, for example, an employment opportunity that other Americans felt was less attractive.’
  • 2Operations such as record-keeping or maintenance in an organization or a computer that make work possible but do not directly constitute its performance.

    • ‘In 1988, after twenty years with the journal, Alice performed that final ritual of office housekeeping.’
    • ‘Operations means everything from accounting to sales to front desk to housekeeping, and Priti Patel has done it all.’
    • ‘Control channels are responsible for housekeeping tasks such as telling the mobile when a call is coming in and which frequency to use.’
    • ‘Again, start with some simple automation of the most regular housekeeping tasks, and then build in more automation as the processes mature.’
    • ‘Hydraulic systems will make or break a modern logging operation, and as the experts tell us, much of it depends on your maintenance regime and housekeeping.’
    • ‘Zoning's legal defense relied upon the same faith in middle-class domesticity that supported municipal housekeeping.’
    • ‘Lately we've been doing a lot of housekeeping at our publishing offices.’
    • ‘All entries were judged on the basis of customer service, merchandising, housekeeping, health & safety and management systems.’
    • ‘There is an obvious lack of good housekeeping in that the building has been left to fall into such a state of disrepair.’
    • ‘But LEAs should play the same role of assuring good housekeeping by heads as they did helping schools to improve, the Commission concluded.’
    • ‘Meat outlets should be directed to cut down their waste generation by adopting good housekeeping practices.’
    • ‘For example, an organization might out-task facility preventive maintenance, housekeeping or engineering.’
    • ‘We are still in the early stages and there is not a real panic - we just need good housekeeping.’
    • ‘Risks may stem from design, manufacture, maintenance, storage, housekeeping, or a lack of user competence.’
    • ‘Good housekeeping and managing the risk will secure a better deal.’
    • ‘The key maintenance areas to making sure any elevator operates best are housekeeping, repair, lubrication and adjustment, Bell says.’
    • ‘Besides improving its own agricultural housekeeping, Punjab must immediately demand from the Centre the following.’
    • ‘Before we go any further, some administrative housekeeping demands immediate attention.’
    • ‘In addition, the process makes the job easier and allows better housekeeping and maintenance.’
    • ‘Allen, one of television's most powerful men - and rewarded as such, with a package approaching £1.9 million - has had little time lately for office housekeeping.’
    1. 2.1Biology The regulation of metabolic functions that are common to all cells.
      [as modifier] ‘housekeeping genes’
      • ‘So far in this review we have described epigenetic housekeeping functions and their involvement in genome stability.’
      • ‘Because it is misshapen, the protein is destroyed by the cell's housekeeping machinery and never gets to its intended location in the cell membrane.’
      • ‘Genes of interest were printed in duplicate along with non-specific genes (plasmid c-DNA) and housekeeping genes were used for normalization purposes.’
      • ‘One simple criterion for a developmental mutation is embryonic lethality, but this also catches mutations in genes involved in housekeeping functions.’
      • ‘Many cancers result from the acquisition of mutations in a family of genes called oncogenes, which normally serve important housekeeping functions for our cells.’