Definition of Housekeeping

1. Noun. The work of cleaning and running a house.

Exact synonyms: Housework
Generic synonyms: Work
Derivative terms: Housekeep

Definition of Housekeeping

1. n. The state of occupying a dwelling house as a householder.

2. a. Domestic; used in a family; as, housekeeping commodities.

Definition of Housekeeping

1. Noun. The chores of maintaining a house as a residence, especially cleaning. ¹

2. Noun. Any general tasks that involve preparation. ¹

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Definition of Housekeeping

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Medical Definition of Housekeeping

1. 1. The state of being occupying a dwelling house as a householder. 2. Care of domestic concerns; management of a house and home affairs. 3. Hospitality; a liberal and hospitable table; a supply of provisions. "Tell me, softly and hastly, what's in the pantry? Small housekeeping enough, said Phoebe." (Sir W. Scott) Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Housekeeping

household gods
household income
household linen
household name
household names
household products
housekeeping (current term)
housekeeping gene
housekeeping genes
housekeeping protein

Literary usage of Housekeeping

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Biosafety in the Laboratory: Prudent Practices for the Handling and Disposal by National Research Council (U. S.) (1989)
"housekeeping housekeeping personnel generally do not have a scientific background or a good understanding of various biohazards. ..."

2. Annual Report by Illinois Farmers' Institute (1916)
"You men must be willing to cooperate in bringing the new housekeeping into your home, ... What steps must be taken to bring about the new housekeeping? 1. ..."

3. The House and Home: A Practical Book by Lyman Abbott (1896)
"The Science of housekeeping. Economy and Expenditure. " She Died of Committee. ... OOD housekeeping involves a knowledge of art and science. ..."

4. Selected Articles on Woman Suffrage by Edith May Phelps, National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection (Library of Congress) (1912)
"Women and Public housekeeping. ' Jane Addams. A city is in many respects a great business corporation, but in other respects it is enlarged housekeeping. ..."

5. The Administration of Village and Consolidated Schools by Ross Lee Finney, Alfred L. Schafer (1920)
"CHAPTER XIV SCHOOL housekeeping The Principal's Responsibility. ... The principal's first task in school housekeeping is to study his plant. ..."

6. Domestic Service by Lucy Maynard Salmon (1897)
"Another plan, perhaps less widely but even more earnestly advocated by its supporters, is that of co-operative housekeeping. There has been much looseness ..."

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