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maid

Syllabification: maid
Pronunciation: /mād
 
/

Definition of maid in English:

noun

1A female domestic servant.
Example sentences
  • There, the pictures are in a large, empty house ... about 200 yards in length and the permanent inhabitants are a Housekeeper and two maids, and a carpenter who is in and out as required during the day.
  • An army of servants - maids, footmen, cooks and gardeners - made the luxurious lifestyle of the family possible.
  • Every room had maids and servants and butlers all cleaning and decorating his home.
Synonyms
help, cleaner, cleaning woman/lady
1.1 archaic or literary A girl or young woman, especially an unmarried one.
Example sentences
  • Was this just Andrew's manner - no, but he certainly didn't flirt with the other maids and pretty girls he passed on the streets.
  • A young justice, the Governer of the town, saw the young maid and fell in love with her.
  • The young fifteen-year-old elven maid paraded from her father's cart to the Market streets.
Synonyms
girl, young woman, young lady, lass, miss, ingenue
literary maiden, damsel, nymph
archaic wench
1.2 archaic or literary A virgin.
Example sentences
  • On the eve of St Valentine, a number of young folk - maids and bachelors - would assemble together, and inscribe upon little billets the names of an equal number of maids and bachelors of their acquaintance, throw the whole into a receptacle of some sort, and then draw them lottery-wise - care, of course, being taken that each should draw one of the opposite sex.

Origin

Middle English: abbreviation of maiden.

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