jan·​i·​tor | \ˈja-nə-tər \

Definition of janitor 

1 : one who keeps the premises of a building (such as an apartment or office) clean, tends the heating system, and makes minor repairs

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Other Words from janitor

janitorial \ ˌja-​nə-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​əl \ adjective

Examples of janitor in a Sentence

got a job as the night janitor at the elementary school according to popular Christian tradition, St. Peter acts as janitor at heaven's pearly gates

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The applicant worked with the janitor to help pay his high-school tuition. Nicole Hong, WSJ, "Knowing the 13 Secret Steps into Harvard Doesn’t Make Admission Any Easier," 28 Oct. 2018 Marco Adiak Voli plays the janitor with a bearish, marshmallow charm. The Seattle Times, "Everything you need to know about the hottest tickets in town: Seattle events for November 2018," 26 Oct. 2018 The shooting ended quickly because a janitor saw the shooter walking in. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "What Littleton Learned," 1 Aug. 2018 The other staffer, also unarmed, hid in a janitor’s closet after hearing gunshots. Megan O'matz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Angry dad demands firing of Stoneman Douglas security watchman, coach," 6 June 2018 But at China’s Sunny Optical Technology Group — whose stock has climbed faster than any other in MSCI Inc.’s global indexes over the past decade — the richest employees are just as likely to be factory workers, janitors and cafeteria chefs. Fortune, "A 9,500% Stock Surge Turns Janitors Into Millionaires," 5 June 2018 The Oklahoma teachers' union wanted $10,000 raises for teachers; $5,000 raises for support staff, such as janitors and cafeteria workers; and $200 million in education funding. Holly Yan, CNN, "Here's what teachers accomplished with their protests this year," 29 May 2018 Local fast food workers, janitors and hospital workers walked off their jobs Monday to join in a rally for the Fight for $15, the right to unionize and in defense of civil rights. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Minimum wage protesters hit streets of Detroit, demand $15/hour and civil rights," 12 Feb. 2018 In Detroit, fast-food workers, janitors and hospital workers walked off their jobs around noon Monday and rallied at Detroit's Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park to fight for a $15 minimum wage, the right to unionize and civil rights. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Workers seek $15 wage, union rights in protests in many cities," 12 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of janitor

1629, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for janitor

Latin, from janus arch, gate

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English Language Learners Definition of janitor

: a person who cleans a building and makes minor repairs


jan·​i·​tor | \ˈjan-ət-ər \

Kids Definition of janitor

: a person who takes care of a building (as a school)

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