\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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At Art Hotel the manager sometimes doubles as a chamber maid. The Economist, "Tourists are arriving faster than Japan can accommodate them," 7 June 2018 Soprano Alejandra Villarreal Martinez as Branghien, Isolde's maid who mistakenly gives the potion to Tristan and Isolde, conveyed believable anguish. Rick Schultz,, "'The Love Potion': Tristan and Isolde, the Long Beach Opera way," 16 May 2018 My father and stepmother gave our daughter a toy ironing board, maid’s set, and grocery cart. Robin Abrahams,, "Advice: She nearly backed over me at Market Basket, and then blamed me," 22 May 2018 Two of the maids reigned as queen in earlier balls: Miss Feringa, The Achaeans; and Miss McLeod, Krewe of Nereus. Sue Strachan,, "Rex, Comus continue 100-plus year tradition at their Carnival balls," 14 Feb. 2018 Unfortunately, Choupette’s personal maid hired by Lagerfeld is not included with your purchase. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "Weekend cheat sheet: 5 buzz-worthy topics people will be talking about," 19 May 2017 Back in January 2010, Augustin had lost her job as a maid at a Miami Beach hotel. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "Man convicted of murder at Miami storage facility," 20 Nov. 2014 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

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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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