Definition of live-in in US English:



  • 1(of a domestic employee) resident in an employer's house.

    ‘a live-in housekeeper’
    • ‘Employing a live-in servant was particularly important to distinguish the white-collar group, including civil servants, from that of the working class in Belgium.’
    • ‘She employs a live-in maid, but otherwise lives alone.’
    • ‘Substantial midday dinners and high teas were handed through the serving hatch by Jenny, my mother's live-in cook and general maid.’
    • ‘Her two brothers worked at a Spanish construction company and knew a friendly family who needed a live-in maid.’
    • ‘Chapter 3 discusses agricultural workers hired as live-in servants and focuses on the East Riding of Yorkshire, one of the few places where the practice survived through the nineteenth century.’
    • ‘Once my mother asked me if I would mind spending the weekend helping my memaw around her house as her live-in nurse had to take off for the weekend for personal reasons.’
    • ‘Goldwater and his siblings grew up with a nurse, chauffeur and live-in maid.’
    • ‘It is surely part of their distinction, too, to have adapted to a live-in photographer with apparent ease and even grace.’
    • ‘Most of our employees are live-in since we started the project against the corrupt officials.’
    • ‘‘She is like my daughter,’ say the owners of a live-in servant, who works up to 18 hours a day.’
    • ‘It was not possible to select a random sample of live-in workers at each holiday centre due to difficulties in constructing a complete sampling frame of the target population.’
    • ‘For toddler Tania, a live-in maid from Pakistan was airlifted.’
    • ‘Two weeks ago I decided, after numerous cardiac events, to take my live-in doctor's advice and cut caffeine out of my diet.’
    • ‘The Livermores purchased a home and hired a live-in servant to handle their domestic chores.’
    • ‘The live-in maid was always called Miss Rix, as my mother did not like the use of Christian names.’
    • ‘Instead, she practised at home with a live-in teacher.’
    • ‘We should know a little about her, because that might spark the story and direct the plot, so let's say she is an orphan who lives with her aunt, who treats her as a live-in servant.’
    • ‘Most vulnerable of all are live-in servants, isolated in their employers' homes.’
    • ‘In the two neighbourhoods surveyed, out of the 750 households on which information was gathered, thirty employed a live-in foreign domestic worker.’
    • ‘Employers with live-in domestic workers could deduct 10 percent for accommodation, but only if it complied with the minimum standards set.’
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) living with another in a sexual relationship.
      ‘a live-in lover’
      • ‘It is hardly surprising, in the circumstances, that there has been little public discussion about ways to reduce the tensions that accompany the break-up of a marriage or live-in relationship.’
      • ‘However, survey after survey reveals that young people still believe in marriage - few are for live-in relationships.’
      • ‘All of that fell by the wayside when I started living with one girlfriend or another - it's tough to balance a live-in relationship with prancing around the apartment in a robe with a dagger.’
      • ‘The couple decide to try a live-in relationship, primarily platonic, though the boundaries soon dissipate.’
      • ‘It's a sad fact of modern marriage, or even just live-in relationships, that we reflect on a couple's longevity the minute they announce any intention to attempt long-term togetherness.’
      • ‘It's a commitment only - Brenda, and her live-in lover, Gerry, decided after months of living together, to formalise their arrangement.’
      • ‘In any case, the movie was interesting for me specifically because of the reason that I've just come out of a live-in relationship that lasted for roughly a year.’
      • ‘So whether you're in a relationship where it's a live-in relationship, or whether you're married, you need to make sure you have some money in an account in your own name.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, she seemed to find all the companionship she needed in her relationship with her live-in boyfriend.’
      • ‘Tim willingly takes the night shift at an adult video store but it takes a toll on his relationship with live-in girlfriend, Trish.’
      • ‘She was unmarried still, and without boyfriend as far as he knew, remaining resolutely independent since a brief and disastrous live-in relationship in her early twenties.’
      • ‘His girlfriend had her share of ‘baggage,’ such as emotional problems and a low self-esteem having just come from another live-in relationship.’
      • ‘I have been here for almost a year and have had a live-in relationship with a young lady for most of that time.’
      • ‘But she has not always experienced joy in relationships with men; she knows the lifestyle of cohabitation after living with a man and experiencing the downfalls of a live-in relationship.’
      • ‘For the last two years I have been based in Pattaya and have had a live-in relationship with a young lady for most of that time.’
      • ‘One thing led to another and the results appear to have been a live-in relationship and an abortion.’
      • ‘The survey also shows that one in three live-in relationships lasts less than year and only one in 10 lasts longer than five years.’
      • ‘He had expressed a sexual interest but informed me that he was in the process of ending a live-in relationship.’
      • ‘Prudie also guesses his head is not on straight, what with trying to maintain a relationship with a woman who already has a live-in lover.’
      • ‘The more I have thought about this, the more I have come to realise that there is in some respects very little difference in the reasons why marriages or live-in relationships might fail.’
    2. 1.2 Residential.
      ‘a live-in treatment program’
      • ‘According to her, the mail order bride industry can't be separated from Canada's live-in caregiver program, which offers women a chance to immigrate here if they work as a domestic for two years.’
      • ‘For a woman addict, live-in treatment is only possible when she has no other family commitments.’
      • ‘He is still on parole from his previous, so he has parole, he has probation and has to be in his live-in treatment program.’


  • A person who shares another's living accommodations as a sexual partner or as an employee.

    • ‘‘These recipes have been tested on two husbands, five live-ins, 25 boyfriends and an undisclosed number of one-night stands,’ she said, laughing.’
    • ‘Experts do observe that ‘life satisfaction’ is remarkably low for long-term live-ins.’
    • ‘More employers are offering benefits to domestic partners: 25 percent of those surveyed currently provide benefits to opposite sex live-ins, and 16 percent offer benefits to same-sex partners.’
    • ‘Next thing you know, you're on your way to Athens to work as a live-in for a diplomat's family.’