maid·​ser·​vant | \ ˈmād-ˌsər-vənt How to pronounce maidservant (audio) \

Definition of maidservant

: a female servant

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a large estate that once had many maidservants
Recent Examples on the Web Petra, a frisky maidservant coming off of a weekend dalliance, turns to the audience and imagines her possible futures, first married to a miller’s son, then to a businessman, then to the Prince of Wales. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 27 Nov. 2021 In this version and in the one at the Uffizi, a maidservant, Abra, forcefully holds Holofernes down while Judith confidently hacks away at his neck. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 28 Sep. 2020 De Hooch was arguably the first artist to sanctify these passing moments among the Dutch housewives and maidservants of a prosperous but unsettled time. B.t. | Delft, The Economist, 16 Oct. 2019 Its protagonist was Ann Jefferies, a maidservant of the Pitt family at St Teath, Cornwall. Longreads, 9 June 2018 One gathering encourages comparison of scenes of men entering the domain of women, some as welcome suitors and guests, other as intruders, albeit blocked by laughing maidservants. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, 23 Oct. 2017 For example, one serves as the maidservant who brings Lady Macbeth the letter from her lord, informing her of the witches' prophecies and thus igniting Lady M's own deadly ambitious schemes. Kerry Reid,, 26 June 2017 From the king’s maidservant, from Na’arat, jars of wine, to Jerusalem. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, 26 Oct. 2016 See More

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First Known Use of maidservant

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Maidservant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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