\ 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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His mother worked for the Hopes as a maid for 34 years. Tina Daunt,, "9 things you should know about the Bob Hope house in Palm Springs — and its restoration," 6 June 2019 Much like the relationship dynamic in the Fifty Shades erotica series, E.L. explained that this new story follows a powerful, aristocratic man falling for his maid, Alessia (only this time, there are no red rooms of pain, restraints, and whips). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Co-Star Joy Behar Revealed Her 'Fifty Shades' Fantasy and Meghan McCain Lost It," 1 May 2019 Brianna’s maid, Lizzie, says immediately after the assault. Wendy Naugle, Glamour, "What Outlander Finally Gets Right About Rape This Season," 7 Jan. 2019 Titled Keep It Spotless, the work was originally a Damien Hirst painting, which Banksy spray-painted over with a hotel maid, seen pulling up Hirst’s piece to sweep. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Banksy Sold an Artwork for $1.4 Million at Sotheby’s—Then It Self-Destructed," 6 Oct. 2018 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

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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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