housekeeper

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From house +‎ keeper.

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housekeeper (plural housekeepers)

  1. (now rare) Someone who owns a house as a place of residence; a householder. [from 15th c.]
    • 1751, Tobias Smollett, The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, I.1:
      He was often heard to express his fears of coming upon the parish; and to bless God, that, on account of his having been so long a housekeeper, he was intitled to that provision.
  2. Someone (traditionally a woman) employed to look after the home, typically by managing domestic servants or superintending household management; also someone with equivalent duties in a hotel, institution etc. [from 16th c.]
    She was their third housekeeper, but after a month or so she also gave up.
  3. Someone who manages the running of a home, traditionally the female head of the household. [from 17th c.]
  4. (colloquial, now rare) Someone who keeps to their house; someone who rarely ventures away from home; an unadventurous person, a homebody. [from 18th c.]
    • 1915, John Buchan, Salute to Adventurers:
      I do assure you he is no house-keeper. I have seen him in desperate conflict with savage men, and even with His Majesty's redcoats.

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