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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
Recent Examples on the Web And at the end of each day, a maid service cleans and straightens every playhouse. Michelle Matthews |, al, "Why Andalusia is the ultimate Christmas town," 11 Dec. 2019 Apartment-style lodging with maid service and property managers who are available 24/7. Amy Tara Koch, Twin Cities, "Finding European hotel rooms for families can be tough. Here are suggestions in 8 cities.," 6 July 2019 Apartment style lodging with maid service and property managers who are available 24/7. Amy Tara Koch, Washington Post, "Finding European hotel rooms for families can be tough. Here are suggestions in eight cities.," 28 June 2019 The city also relies on over 380,000 maids and nannies (mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia), who constitute over 8% of the workforce. The Economist, "Demography Will age weaken the Asian tiger economies?," 5 Dec. 2019 Contractual service providers like maids, cooks, drivers, and nannies, who are often paid in cash, went without salaries for weeks. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "What Indians think of demonetisation, three years after the jolt," 7 Nov. 2019 While a driver in New Delhi could earn Rs12,500 ($175) a month, a maid in the city could secure only Rs6,000 ($84) in wages. Sanaya Chandar, Quartz India, "You’ve probably seen Geeta Kale’s visiting card. Now, here’s the domestic help’s real story," 10 Nov. 2019 Later, rooms were rented by maids, clerks and firemen, according to historians. oregonlive, "Bootleggers are part of the fascinating history of the 1893 Levi Hexter mansion in King’s Hill.," 6 Nov. 2019 Props go to the rest of the cast, though, especially the hard-working chorus members who play sailors, sea creatures, swans, frogs, Ariel’s sisters, maids, seagulls, footmen, chefs and princesses. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Review: From screen to stage, ‘Little Mermaid’ expands on a beloved tale," 23 Oct. 2019

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

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21 Jan 2020

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“Maid.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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How to pronounce maid (audio)

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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