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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That monitor entered the other side of the building, and then hid in a janitor's closet when shots rang out, Medina said. CBS News, "Security monitor told police he saw Florida gunman minutes before massacre," 6 June 2018 That monitor entered the other side of the building, and then hid in a janitor's closet when shots rang out, Medina said. Curt Anderson, chicagotribune.com, "Newly released video details the moments before Florida school shooting," 6 June 2018 Randlett's estate on Tuesday donated $175,000, the Covington janitor's savings, to the Kentucky Child Victims' Trust Fund. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "'It was his last wish': Janitor wills $175K life savings to child abuse victims," 8 May 2018 Rice’s grandfather, David Augustus Dickson, worked as a shipper, porter and janitor. Julie Pace, The Seattle Times, "Democrats lining up to consider challenging Collins in 2020," 8 Oct. 2018 Marcus Regil, janitor of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, city. sandiegouniontribune.com, "May 6, 1918: 13 drown at Ocean Beach," 6 May 2018 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

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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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