\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web As part of a moneymaking scheme, Stan and Ollie (the recurring characters played by Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy) pose as a maid and butler at a banquet. New York Times, "What’s on TV This Week: ‘Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President’ and ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’," 28 Dec. 2020 At which point, Bridget Sullivan [the maid] and Adelaide Churchill, the next-door neighbor, go upstairs and find the body of Abby Borden. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, ""Lizzie Borden took an axe" — or did she? What would a jury say today?," 26 Dec. 2020 Indeed, her younger sister Eloise (Claudia Jessie) is baffled to hear of an unmarried maid who has become pregnant. Meredith Blake Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "How accurate is ‘Bridgerton’s’ tale of sex and scandal in Regency England? We asked," 25 Dec. 2020 This is Sadaf Jafar, who stepped into the pretty decent-sized role of Bibbo, the maid who runs the home of the courtesan. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "How Mira Nair Made Her Own “Suitable Boy”," 7 Dec. 2020 Make a list of the COVID-19 protocols (no maid service, food delivery options) that matter most to you and search accommodations accordingly. Heather Greenwood Davis, National Geographic, "10 ways families can minimize holiday travel risk," 23 Nov. 2020 Then in 1870, Whistler betrayed her with a parlor maid, who bore him... Gioia Diliberto, WSJ, "‘The Woman in White’ Review: Inspiration for a Symphony," 13 Nov. 2020 In this case, Govani, now working for a maid service, is accused of taking a ring valued at $13,475. Bill Kurtz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Brown Deer woman is accused of stealing jewelry while she worked for a home health care service and as a maid," 29 Sep. 2020 Gloria often introduces himself with pride as the son of a maid and a gardener. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gloria will bring lots of ‘firsts’ as San Diego’s new mayor," 8 Nov. 2020

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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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6 Jan 2021

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“Maid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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