: an unmarried girl or woman especially when young : virgin
: a woman or girl employed to do domestic work

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
Recent Examples on the Web His father picked oranges for a living, and his mother was a maid. Jimena Tavel, Miami Herald, 1 Feb. 2024 Following the dinner, the bride and groom’s parents, best man, and maid and man of honor all gave speeches. Alexandra MacOn, Vogue, 16 Jan. 2024 Aparicio played Cleo, a maid living in Mexico City in the 1970s. Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 23 Jan. 2024 In the early hours of April 1st, the day Comstock’s criminal trial against her was supposed to begin, a maid in Restell’s mansion noticed that the door to her bathroom was ajar. Moira Donegan, The New Yorker, 17 Jan. 2024 At the time, many young female immigrants worked as live-in maids for wealthy families uptown. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, 14 Jan. 2024 Its features include a pool and spa, walk-in closets, a bar for entertaining, a maid’s room and a three-car garage. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Jan. 2024 A lot of women who would be on a pirate ship were probably very wiry, having been maids who hauled buckets of coal and water and goods and did a lot of physical activity all day. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 30 Dec. 2023 From this came the story of Julia (Siran Riak), the southern Sudanese maid who works for Mona (Eiman Yousif), an Arabic woman in Khartoum who is hiding a secret from Julia. John Bleasdale, Variety, 18 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English maide, short for maiden

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of maid was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Maid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: an unmarried girl or woman
especially : maiden entry 1
: a female servant

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