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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

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Lock arrived in Geneva in May, 1557, along with her son, Henry; her infant daughter; and her maid. Jamie Quatro, The New Yorker, "The Hidden Life of a Forgotten Sixteenth-Century Female Poet," 5 Aug. 2019 Julie Owen of Clear Lake and Alan Gardiner-Atkinson of Houston play Chris and Ken, the couple who discover Charley bleeding in his bedroom, with his wife and their maid gone and no food out for guests. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Why this comedy is a ‘tall order’ for a Friendswood actress," 31 July 2019 As her maid, Adele, Alicia O’Neill (also Vienna-based) continually impresses with her crafting of arias, particularly in her spine-tingling upper register. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Opera on the Lake debuts with bubbly, buoyant ‘Die Fledermaus’," 25 July 2019 The Spa After the drive, my maid and matron of honor decided to start my bachelorette weekend the right way: with a bit of R&R in the resort’s 23,000-square-foot spa. Essence, "The Only Black-Owned 5-Star Resort In The U.S. Is Perfect For Your Grown AF Bachelorette Party," 18 June 2019 On television, viewers could see a Tom and Jerry cartoon featuring the character Mammy Two Shoes, an obese black maid who spoke in a stereotypical voice. Russell Contreras, The Seattle Times, "Before multiculturalism, blackface rampant in US pop culture," 10 Feb. 2019 Joining the queen and Poseidon were the court maids Misses Sarah Jane Holbrook Freeman, Charlotte Worley Huger, Mary Fleming England Redd, Anne Summers White, and Grace Catherine Williams. Sue Strachan,, "The Atlanteans ball celebrates Louisiana," 20 Feb. 2018 For example, more than half of maids are native-born, as are 64 percent of meatpackers, 65 percent of construction laborers, and 66 percent of groundskeepers. Steven A. Camarota, National Review, "Unskilled Immigration Lowers Labor-Force Participation," 25 July 2019 Behind the beauty and artistry of the East High Tigers are the harsh home conditions of many of the athletes, some of them sons of maids with no savings, some living literally on the wrong side of the railroad tracks. David M. Shribman, WSJ, "‘Tigerland’ Review: Playing the Game Their Way," 18 Jan. 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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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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