\ ˈmād \

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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Brianna, immediately after the rape, does have someone to turn to: Her new maid Lizzie immediately offers aid. Wendy Naugle, Glamour, "What Outlander Finally Gets Right About Rape This Season," 7 Jan. 2019 As the maid in Manet’s Olympia, Laure is presenting a large bouquet of flowers sent by a client of the naked courtesan who lies on a flotilla of white cushions. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "Painter Elizabeth Colomba Is Giving Art’s Hidden Figures Their Close-Up," 10 Oct. 2018 There have been prominent cases of abuse of Filipino domestic workers in the past, including in 2014 when a Kuwaiti’s pet lions fatally mauled a Filipina maid. Time, "The Philippines Is Permanently Banning Its Workers From Going to Kuwait," 30 Apr. 2018 Her maid, Lizzie (who turns out to be a not very bright busybody) sees them arguing and that sets off a chain of events which will lead to disaster in later episodes. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "5 Biggest Takeaways From 'Outlander' Season 4 Episode 8," 24 Dec. 2018 Even in the frothiest TV, there’s Friends’ Nora Bing as a Jackie Collins–style novelist, and Gossip Girl’s Eleanor Waldorf, a fashion-designer mom and a nasty piece of work who outsources maternal duties to her maid. Katherine Fusco, The Atlantic, "Hereditary and the Monstrousness of Creative Moms," 11 July 2018 Her grandmother, Mary Dickson, a maid and seamstress, was named Maine State Mother of the Year in 1950. Julie Pace, The Seattle Times, "Democrats lining up to consider challenging Collins in 2020," 8 Oct. 2018 When Churchill’s poor, wayward cousin Abigail Masham, portrayed by Emma Stone, enters the picture and begins working as a scullery maid in the queen’s palace, things start getting really interesting. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Though They Look Regal, Sandy Powell’s Costumes for The Favourite Are Grounded in Reality," 20 Nov. 2018 Lee Kyle's costumes also reflect that contrast in the plain maid's uniforms against the dynamic colorful couture of Madame. Theodore P. Mahne,, "Intense production makes rare staging of Genet's 'The Maids' a standout," 1 June 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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