bar·​maid | \ ˈbär-ˌmād How to pronounce barmaid (audio) \

Definition of barmaid

: a woman who serves liquor at a bar

Examples of barmaid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His mom was a barmaid and now works as a school receptionist while doing evening shifts in a warehouse. Los Angeles Times, "Meet the TV writer reconsidering modern Britain’s ‘beautifully ludicrous’ history," 31 May 2020 The barmaid said the drinks were for takeout, but none had lids on them. cleveland, "Plexiglass may prevent the spread of coronavirus, but it does not stop irate customer: South Euclid Police Blotter," 21 May 2020 The Southern Vampire Mysteries’ main character is Sookie Stackhouse, a small-town barmaid who can read minds and falls in love with a vampire, in a world where the public accepts the storied bloodsuckers are real. René A. Guzman,, "Author behind ‘True Blood’ TV series Charlaine Harris headlining San Antonio Pop Con event at Central Library," 25 Feb. 2020 The best moments of the episode, however, zeroed in on Dan's (John Goodman) conflict with his daughters, who want to see him happy with barmaid/rock singer Louise (Katey Sagal). Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Conners: Live from Lanford': TV Review," 12 Feb. 2020 Sagal, an expert at playing earthy sexpots, is a welcome addition to the cast and story, as the barmaid/musician learns how to date a hedging new widower. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Against the Odds, 'The Conners' Became Comfort TV," 16 Dec. 2019 The nurses emptied them frequently, like dutiful barmaids. Garnett Kilberg Cohen, The New Yorker, "My Life in Smoke," 25 Aug. 2019 Inspired by the unsolved death of Shirley Parker, a barmaid and secretary whose body was found in Baltimore's Druid Hill Park in June of 1969, Lippman's ambitious novel weaves some 20 points of view into a seamless, vivid whole. Dallas News, "Laura Lippman's new novel is a love letter to Baltimore and its people," 23 July 2019 Shirley Lee Widgeon Parker, a beautiful barmaid and former Urban League secretary, vanished in April. Christina Tkacik,, "How 2 unrelated deaths from 1969 inspired Baltimore crime novelist Laura Lippman’s ‘Lady in the Lake’," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of barmaid

circa 1658, in the meaning defined above

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“Barmaid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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: a woman who serves drinks at a bar

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