\ ˈmād \

Definition of maid 

1 : an unmarried girl or woman especially when young : virgin

2a : maidservant

b : a woman or girl employed to do domestic work

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Examples of maid in a Sentence

She hired a maid to do the cleaning. hired a maid to do the housework after the baby was born

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Her friend and classmate Karen Xie, a college graduate from a provincial Chinese city, works a dizzying string of seemingly downwardly mobile jobs — print-shop employee, manicurist, maid — in pursuit of financial security. Leslie T. Chang, New York Times, "Hustling in Flushing: A Chinese Immigrant Couple Struggles to Decode Life in Queens," 1 June 2018 There wasn’t a maid or matron of honor as is common in the U.S. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "How Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Combined Both American and British Traditions in Their Wedding Ceremony," 19 May 2018 The space that boasts seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms along with a screening room, gym, family room and maid’s room as well as a backyard with pool, spa, outdoor BBQ and guest house. Dave Quinn,, "Ben Affleck Is Selling His 87-Acre Private Georgia Island Compound for $8.9 Million," 1 June 2018 Waiters sought a 25 cent an hour raise and maids the end of seven-day workweeks. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "Herb Segal, the king of Kentucky's labor lawyers when labor was still king, has died," 15 Feb. 2018 Lina adds Sunny to the household – despite the looming accusation of theft – elevating her from hotel maid to Karen’s ayi, a glorified nanny. Terry Hong, The Christian Science Monitor, "'What We Were Promised' depicts post-Mao China in a deft debut novel set in Shanghai," 13 July 2018 When the trio arrives to a hilltop mansion with several flights of concrete steps to access the kitchen service entrance, a kitchen maid uses a megaphone to shout her ice order down to them. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Ice 'harvesting' was an important cold cash industry," 29 June 2018 Daniels, born in London, was a maid to a wealthy family named Allison from Montreal, Canada. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "She wrote 'I wish you were here.' Now her postcard from the Titanic is up for auction," 19 June 2018 Gabriel played the eerily zoned-out maid in Get Out, and Upgrade is another Blumhouse Production, which is to say, frugal. Gary Thompson,, "Sci-fi thriller 'Upgrade': When your body has a mind of its own," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of maid

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for maid

Middle English maide, short for maiden

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English Language Learners Definition of maid

: a female servant; especially : a woman or girl who does cleaning work in a house or hotel

: a girl or woman who is not married


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Kids Definition of maid

2 : a female servant

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