from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Performance or management of household tasks.
  • n. Management and maintenance of the property and equipment of an institution or organization.
  • n. Routine tasks and procedures carried out in the functioning of an operation or system.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The chores of maintaining a house as a residence, especially cleaning.
  • n. Any general tasks that involve preparation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Domestic; used in a family.
  • n. The state of occupying a dwelling house as a householder.
  • n. Care of domestic concerns; management of a house and home affairs.
  • n. Hospitality; a liberal and hospitable table; a supply of provisions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The management of home affairs; care of domestic concerns.
  • n. Supply of provisions for household use.
  • n. Hospitality.
  • Domestic; used in a family: as, housekeeping commodities.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the work of cleaning and running a house


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  • One reason I got so behind in housekeeping was that there were so many laborers I had to work around.

    Moving Along Nicely

  • But, most of the jobs available for the mazatlecos are in housekeeping, gardening and other service areas, with pay hovering around 70 pesos a day.

    Mazatlan: why snowbirds keep coming back

  • Really, exercise of almost any sort, especially some type of housekeeping, is one of my favorite ways to get rid of the "blahs", & I like that I have something extra to show for my efforts.

    Mood Lifters

  • Cameron, who started working for the Conservative party in the last two years of Thatcher's period in Downing Street, will echo two of her most famous statements when he says today: After a decade of reckless spending under Labour, Britain needs good housekeeping from the Conservatives.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • I was brought up to believe in the modern myth that housekeeping is only drudgery, and the housewife is a downtrodden martyr.

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • We are beholden to those of our mothers who wanted to keep a beautiful home (no matter how much or how little money they had) and to Martha Stewart and also to Cheryl Mendelson (and her wonderful and very informative book, Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House) to a new understanding that housekeeping is a gratifying and civilizing activity.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • "I was brought up to believe in the modern myth that housekeeping is only drudgery, and the housewife is a downtrodden martyr."

    The Symphony of Supper-Time

  • "One View of Domestic Science" (October 1911) "The idea that every woman needs practical instruction in housekeeping as a part of her education is as absurd as would be the claim that every man needs to be taught in school to plant corn or milk a cow."

    Girls Gone Studious

  • I also like the reminder that own housekeeping is a ministry to our families.

    For Such a Time As This


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