from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who is employed to perform or direct the domestic tasks in a household.
- n. A housewife.
- n. An employee of an establishment, such as a hospital, inn, or hotel, who performs or coordinates housekeeping tasks.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who looks after the home by herself; either as a wife or a hired servant.
- n. A woman who supervises the female domestic staff of a large home.
- n. One who supervises the cleaning staff of a hospital, hotel, or similar business.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who occupies a house with his family; a householder; the master or mistress of a family.
- n. One who does, or oversees, the work of keeping house; ; often, a woman hired to superintend the servants of a household and manage the ordinary domestic affairs.
- n. One who exercises hospitality, or has a plentiful and hospitable household.
- n. One who keeps or stays much at home.
- n. A house dog.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who occupies a house with his family; a householder.
- n. A woman, whether mistress or servant, who superintends the work of a household; a woman who regulates the internal affairs of a house.
- n. One who keeps much at home; a stay-at-home.
- n. One who keeps or guards the house; a house-dog.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a servant who is employed to perform domestic task in a household
Sophie (Sandrine Bonnaire) is the new live-in housekeeper of a wealthy family: efficient but maddeningly unresponsive (you suspect they'd like a little more gratitude for their shows of kindness).
She said her current housekeeper is "absolutely documented to work there."
While I agree that hiring a housekeeper is not the complete solution, it is something that can help.
Pina, the housekeeper, is an excellent cook, believe me.
Oh the hilarity of a British male live-in housekeeper/nanny serving an American family, right?
Simply hiring a housekeeper is only a partial solution for women (and men) who want to have a life outside of their scientific research.
Sarah, born in 1768, is often described as the housekeeper of the Kitley estate of Sir Henry Bastard, although John Pollexfen Bastard had succeeded following his father William's death in 1782, who had succeeded on his father's death in 1733.
There she became a live-in housekeeper for Ruth and Alonzo Prentiss.
Carol likes to refer to herself as a “domestic engineer” or, in other words, a housekeeper.
The table, published in the Directors Report, of the condition in life of the 107 female inmates admitted in 1850 sets forth that while, under the vague description of wife of labourer, there were only nine admissions, and under the equally indefinite term housekeeper, no more than six, there were of women servants, twenty-four.