\ ˈmād How to pronounce maid (audio) \

Definition of maid

1 : an unmarried girl or woman especially when young : virgin
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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O’Rourke’s mother, Melissa, says her son, the eldest of three kids, became fluent in Spanish listening to household maids and Mexican friends. Will Weissert, The Seattle Times, "The Origin Story: A blind date, a border and Beto O’Rourke," 29 Mar. 2019 Since there weren't a huge number of women who had come before her to look up to in STEM, Dr. Uhlenbeck maid attention to women who'd pioneered other fields for inspiration. Glamour, "Meet Karen Uhlenbeck, The First Woman to Ever Win the ‘Nobel Prize of Math’," 22 Mar. 2019 No maid was ever transformed into a princess by a fairy godmother and a pair of glass shoes that fit just so. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Gritty’s evolution from googly-eyed hockey mascot to meme to leftist avatar, explained," 24 Dec. 2018 At the Menger Hotel, guests have reported sightings of a former hotel maid named Sally White, roaming the hallways while carrying a stack of towels. Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Most Haunted Cities In America and Why You Should Visit," 18 Oct. 2018 More stained and leaded glass doors are found in the main hall and the entry to the maid’s quarters. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "House Envy: Sherwood Forest home mirrors another place and time," 28 Apr. 2018 Their sashes included pops of blues and greens, matching the colors of mother-of-the-bride Sarah Ferguson and maid-of-honor Princess Beatrice. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Eugenie & Jack's Bridesmaids and Pageboys Wore Less Traditional Looks Than Meghan & Harry's," 12 Oct. 2018 Written and directed by Cuarón, Roma follows the maid of a middle class family in Mexico City in the '70s. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Roma Director Alfonso Cuarón? You've Definitely Seen His Incredible Movies," 23 Feb. 2019 Hecate’s pet had once been a serving maid named Galanthis, who was turned into a cat as punishment by the goddess Hera for being rude. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "The Dark Lore of Black Cats," 18 Oct. 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
old-fashioned + literary : a girl or woman who is not married


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Kids Definition of maid

2 : a female servant

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