janitor

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noun jan·i·tor \ˈja-nə-tər\

Definition of janitor

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

  2. 2 :  doorkeeper

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


First Known Use: 1629


JANITOR Defined for English Language Learners

janitor

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Definition of janitor for English Language Learners

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


JANITOR Defined for Kids

janitor

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noun jan·i·tor \ˈjan-ət-ər\

Definition of janitor for Students

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



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