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

Definition of maidservant

: a female servant

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Synonyms for maidservant


biddy, char [British], charwoman, handmaiden (also handmaid), house girl, housekeeper, housemaid, maid, skivvy [British], wench

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Examples of maidservant in a Sentence

a large estate that once had many maidservants

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Its protagonist was Ann Jefferies, a maidservant of the Pitt family at St Teath, Cornwall. Longreads, "Fairy Scapegoats: A History of the Persecution of Changeling Children," 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, "‘Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry’ Review: Conversing via Canvas," 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,, "First Folio delivers a 'Macbeth' to the fates and the night sky," 26 June 2017 From the king’s maidservant, from Na’arat, jars of wine, to Jerusalem. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "As U.N. Ignores Jewish Ties to Holy Site, Israel Produces Ancient Evidence," 26 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of maidservant

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of maidservant

old-fashioned : a female servant

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to make a temporary encampment

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