house·​maid ˈhau̇s-ˌmād How to pronounce housemaid (audio)
: a girl or woman who is a servant employed to do housework

Examples of housemaid in a Sentence

became both nurse and housemaid to the elderly man
Recent Examples on the Web The fairytale-like object of Benedict’s affections, Sophie Beckett, seemingly disappears at midnight, only to resurface as his family’s new housemaid. Nicole Briese, Peoplemag, 12 May 2024 Then there is Naima, who might be more than just a housemaid who has always worked for Nuri’s family. Hazlitt, 3 Apr. 2024 On the fateful morning, let the housemaid, on entering each visitor’s room, carefully replace the empty stocking dangling on the bedpost with the bulging, worsted one. Nancy Mitford, Vogue, 24 Dec. 2023 To cap it all, Elizabeth, the queen’s personal housemaid, died of blood poisoning. Jonathan Miles, Town & Country, 5 Sep. 2023 What first started as astronomers' wives, daughters, even a housemaid grew into a group of stellar women. Lucy Evans, Scientific American, 22 June 2023 His mother was a housemaid. Russell Banks, The New Yorker, 23 Feb. 2021 Yang Qingming, 69, worked as a housemaid and never qualified for employee insurance. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, 23 Feb. 2023 The White Ribbon was Leonine Benesch’s breakout, but the German actress gained a wider audience with her turn as Greta, the naive housemaid caught up in a Nazi conspiracy in hit German series Babylon Berlin. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1673, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of housemaid was in 1673

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“Housemaid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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house·​maid ˈhau̇-ˌsmād How to pronounce housemaid (audio)
: a girl or woman hired to do housework

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