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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Examples of housemaid in a Sentence

scrubbing the floors invariably fell to the lowliest housemaid
Recent Examples on the Web At first horrified by the thought of carrying Prasad’s child, Naina changes her mind after talking to her housemaid, Savitri (Semma Azmi), who is terrified of being exposed as a Muslim in her poor neighborhood. Richard Kuipers, Variety, 11 Oct. 2021 Her mother, the late Vernita Lee, who was working as a housemaid in suburban Fox Point, told Winfrey that Santa Claus was not coming that year because the single mother didn't have much money to buy presents. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Oct. 2021 Paul is established as a decent person, one who risks his own life early on to save a random housemaid. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Odessa Young plays a housemaid who’s carrying on an affair with the neighbors’ son (O’Connor). Michael Schneider, Variety, 22 Sep. 2021 Or maybe many of the women came from rural villages and were more fluent in local variations of the polka (originally invented, as the story sometimes goes, by a Bohemian housemaid). New York Times, 15 Sep. 2021 Benedict’s novel, An Offer From a Gentleman, consists of a Cinderella-esque plot where Benedict falls in love with a housemaid. Amanda Kohr,, 4 Feb. 2021 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, 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, 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of housemaid

1673, in the meaning defined above

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“Housemaid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of housemaid

: 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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