jan·​i·​tor | \ ˈja-nə-tər How to pronounce janitor (audio) \

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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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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And many mostly part-time lower-wage workers who keep a school humming — teachers aides, janitors, food service workers and the like — also have left as the tight labor market pushed wages and hours up elsewhere. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "MPS is hemorrhaging workers, its teachers union says. Will a new salary schedule help?," 10 June 2019 Today, some 60% of the estimated 6,000 janitors in Santa Clara County belong to the union. Victoria Gonzalez, The Mercury News, "30 years after organizing, janitors still fighting for higher pay, safer conditions," 20 June 2019 Between this military interrogation and a few chats with power-plant employees in the mission, Remedy has a lot of exposition in store for fans—including strange, Twin Peaks-ian tales from an odd janitor whom Jesse openly furrows her brow at. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Control pre-E3 hands-on: The modern-day X-Men video game we’ve always wanted," 3 June 2019 My grandfather was working as a janitor, and my grandmother stayed home to care for me. Angeli Gabriel, National Geographic, "My mother's journey as an overseas Filipino worker," 10 May 2019 The prosecutor said O’Donnell and Hobbs, who had been a janitor at Fletcher Hill Elementary School and helped in his brother’s medical office, had been friends for a long time. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "El Cajon man pleads guilty to clubbing 72-year-old housemate to death," 11 June 2019 Clay worked during his college summers helping Sauerbrei, who was a janitor for many years at what is now Visintainer but once was Center School. Sam Boyer, cleveland.com, "AAUW awards scholarships to two local women: Whit & Whimsey," 7 June 2019 Anyone who interacts with patients can come to their hospital’s Rounds–surgeons, nurses, occupational therapists, the janitors who make sure the floors are clean but not too slippery. Corinne Purtill, Quartz at Work, "A simple strategy helps doctors fight burnout. Could it work for the rest of us?," 5 June 2019 Or rather, a former prince who due to unfortunate circumstances had been reduced to working as a janitor in Silicon Valley. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Google’s former PR boss Jessica Powell wrote a satirical novel about tech and published it all on Medium," 2 Oct. 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

chiefly US : a person who cleans a building and makes minor repairs


jan·​i·​tor | \ ˈjan-ət-ər How to pronounce janitor (audio) \

Kids Definition of janitor

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

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