char·​wom·​an ˈchär-ˌwu̇-mən How to pronounce charwoman (audio)
: a cleaning woman especially in a large building

Examples of charwoman in a Sentence

the couple finally hired a charwoman as they were just too busy to clean
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Word History


chare + woman

First Known Use

1596, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of charwoman was in 1596

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“Charwoman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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char·​wom·​an ˈchär-ˌwu̇m-ən How to pronounce charwoman (audio)
: a woman who does cleaning especially in a large building
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