maid-in-waiting

noun

maid-in-wait·​ing ˈmād-ᵊn-ˈwā-tiŋ How to pronounce maid-in-waiting (audio)
plural maids-in-waiting ˈmādz-ᵊn-ˈwā-tiŋ How to pronounce maid-in-waiting (audio)
: a young woman of a queen's or princess's household appointed to attend her

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of maid-in-waiting was circa 1900

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“Maid-in-waiting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maid-in-waiting. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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