Definition of charwoman in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈCHärˌwo͝omən/

noun (plural charwomen)

British dated
A woman employed to clean houses or offices.
Example sentences
  • In the following six sections, the charwoman Mrs. McNab enters the house, ‘tearing the veil of silence’ of Charmichael's and Mr. Ramsay's poetic/metaphysical visions.
  • Nancy Sharman recalled that her mother, a Southampton charwoman, had no time to read until her last illness, at age 54.
  • I met a Battersea charwoman yesterday who was almost in tears because she lived on the wrong side of the street and couldn't vote for Saklatvala.


Late 16th century: from obsolete char or chare 'a turn of work, an odd job, chore' (obscurely related to chore) + woman.

  • The first element of this word is from obsolete char or chare meaning ‘a turn of work, an odd job, chore’. Chore (mid 18th century) is a variant.

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Syllabification: char·wom·an

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