noun \ˈja-nə-tər\

: a person who cleans a building and makes minor repairs

Full Definition of JANITOR

:  one who keeps the premises of a building (as an apartment or office) clean, tends the heating system, and makes minor repairs
jan·i·to·ri·al \ˌja-nə-ˈtr-ē-əl\ adjective

Examples of JANITOR

  1. <got a job as the night janitor at the elementary school>
  2. <according to popular Christian tradition, St. Peter acts as janitor at heaven's pearly gates>

Origin of JANITOR

Latin, from janus arch, gate
First Known Use: 1629


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