house·​maid | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌmād How to pronounce housemaid (audio) \

Definition of housemaid

: a girl or woman who is a servant employed to do housework

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scrubbing the floors invariably fell to the lowliest housemaid
Recent Examples on the Web Mount Vernon historic site, than to discuss the grueling workdays and meager diet of her enslaved housemaid, Carolyn Branham, portrayed by Brenda Parker. National Geographic, "Historic interpreters share their sides of the story," 26 Sep. 2020 The first instance arrives when Héloise and Marianne accompany the housemaid Sophie (Luàna Bajrami), one of few supporting characters, to a gathering of women around a bonfire. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ doesn’t need a musical score to tell us how to feel," 20 Feb. 2020 Andrew and Abby Borden, Lizzie Borden, the housemaid, Bridget Sullivan, and Lizzie's uncle, John Morse. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, ""Lizzie Borden took an axe" — or did she? What would a jury say today?," 28 Mar. 2020 But the family still depended on relief, even as his mother, Lillian Isabelle (Brown) Jones, held a series of low-paying jobs: housemaid, laundress, ladies’ restroom attendant in a theater. Sam Roberts,, "Nathaniel R. Jones, rights lawyer and federal judge, dies at 93," 5 Feb. 2020 Last week, a housemaid in the western Indian city of Pune lost one of her many jobs, only to be flooded by offers from across the country. Sanaya Chandar, Quartz India, "You’ve probably seen Geeta Kale’s visiting card. Now, here’s the domestic help’s real story," 10 Nov. 2019 Life changes dramatically for a Czech housemaid when the house driver gives her three magical hazel nuts. Houston Chronicle, "Outside the Megaplex: Here are the Houston arthouse movies showing Dec. 13-19," 12 Dec. 2019 Consistently underpaid and exploited, housemaids fare worse than other workers in the informal sector, data from the latest National Sample Survey Office finds. Sanaya Chandar, Quartz India, "You’ve probably seen Geeta Kale’s visiting card. Now, here’s the domestic help’s real story," 10 Nov. 2019 The Don’s resident doctor (Roberto De Francesco) cynically prepares to operate, while the housemaid brings coffee and holds the boy down. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Mayor of Rione Sanita' ('Il sindaco di Rione Sanita'): Film Review | Venice 2019," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of housemaid

1673, in the meaning defined above

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“Housemaid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of housemaid

chiefly British, old-fashioned : a female servant who does cleaning, laundry, etc.


house·​maid | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌmād How to pronounce housemaid (audio) \

Kids Definition of housemaid

: a woman or girl hired to do housework

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