jan·​i·​to·​ri·​al ˌja-nə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce janitorial (audio)
: of, relating to, or involved in the cleaning, repairing, and maintenance work done by a janitor
janitorial duties
the hospital's janitorial staff
The janitorial closet smelled pungently of bleach and cleaning solvents.Carl Hiaasen

Examples of janitorial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Esteban Sanchez, 43, was waiting for a Green Line train, heading to an interview for a janitorial job. Julie Bosman, New York Times, 22 May 2024 Target is ending its janitorial contract with a major cleaning vendor, resulting in the lay-off of 75 janitors, housekeeping porters and technicians across the Twin Cities. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, 8 May 2024 The teachers claimed there were no janitorial services or medical staff and that forks, jewelry and clothes that weren’t black or designed by West were banned. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, 3 Apr. 2024 The mass transit industry has faced challenges hiring operators in recent years, Costa said, as more people opt to switch to other jobs in the company such as janitorial work to avoid the assaults. Minnah Arshad, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2024 An employee did not wash their hands after handling janitorial equipment, and then proceeded to handle food, according to Wednesday’s report. Jacqueline Pinedo, Sacramento Bee, 1 Mar. 2024 Currently a janitorial worker for the City of Los Angeles, Al-Alim also worked as an Army medic for 16 years. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, 21 Feb. 2024 Many of those services — plus others, from janitorial tasks to content moderation and engineering — are provided by an army of largely invisible contractors, like Lawson, who are employed by outside firms and don’t receive the same benefits or compensation as direct employees. Naomi Nix, Washington Post, 5 July 2023 And because janitorial services have largely been ended, some workers have resorted to bringing their own rolls of toilet paper from home. Mike Isaac, New York Times, 29 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of janitorial was in 1864

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“Janitorial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/janitorial. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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