housemaid

noun
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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Synonyms for housemaid

Synonyms

biddy, char [British], charwoman, handmaiden (also handmaid), house girl, housekeeper, maid, maidservant, skivvy [British], wench

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Examples of housemaid in a Sentence

scrubbing the floors invariably fell to the lowliest housemaid

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The uniforms were actually created so that the nannies would not be mistaken for housemaids but nowadays, most Norlanders wear smart, practical civilian clothing to fit in with modern families. Annabelle Spranklen, Town & Country, "Here's What It Takes to Become a Nanny for the British Royal Family," 9 Mar. 2019 When Ada’s fingers fidgeted too much, a housemaid attempted to bag the little girl’s hands in black cotton. Abigail Deutsch, WSJ, "‘In Byron’s Wake’ Review: Lout and Ladies," 13 Dec. 2018 Both had grandmothers who worked there as housemaids; both noted that there had been years of concerns about contamination and pollution from the lab. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "Bringing ‘Doctor Atomic’ to the Birthplace of the Bomb," 6 July 2018 Philippine officials have demanded that housemaids be allowed to hold their passports and cellphones, which is normal for skilled workers like teachers and office workers. Washington Post, "Kuwait expels Philippines ambassador amid dispute," 25 Apr. 2018 Philippine officials have demanded that housemaids be allowed to hold their passports and cellphones, which is normal for skilled workers like teachers and office workers. Time, "The Philippines Ambassador Spoke Out About the Abuse of Maids in Kuwait. Kuwait Responded by Expelling Him," 25 Apr. 2018 Genet based The Maids on a notorious 1933 case concerning a pair of French sister housemaids, Christine and Léa Papin, who murdered their employer's wife and daughter. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "The Artistic Home’s drag version of The Maids . . . drags," 27 June 2018 More than 260,000 Filipinos work in Kuwait, many of them as housemaids. Time, "The Philippines Is Permanently Banning Its Workers From Going to Kuwait," 30 Apr. 2018 What: In Good Company presents Jean Genet's classic existentialist drama about a pair of housemaids fantasizing about to killing their employer. Theodore P. Mahne, NOLA.com, "Intense production makes rare staging of Genet's 'The Maids' a standout," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of housemaid

1673, in the meaning defined above

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housemaid

noun

English Language Learners Definition of housemaid

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

housemaid

noun
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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