janitor

noun jan·i·tor \ ˈja-nə-tər \
Updated on: 4 Dec 2017

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

janitorial

play \ˌja-nə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl\ adjective

Examples of janitor in a Sentence

  1. got a job as the night janitor at the elementary school

  2. according to popular Christian tradition, St. Peter acts as janitor at heaven's pearly gates

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Origin and Etymology of janitor

Latin, from janus arch, gate

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JANITOR Defined for English Language Learners

janitor

noun

Definition of janitor for English Language Learners

  • : a person who cleans a building and makes minor repairs


JANITOR Defined for Kids

janitor

noun jan·i·tor \ ˈjan-ət-ər \

Definition of janitor for Students

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


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