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[bahr-meyd] /ˈbɑrˌmeɪd/
a woman who bartends; bartender.
Origin of barmaid
First recorded in 1650-60; bar1 + maid Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The barmaid, who was polishing her spirit measures, looked at him curiously.

    People of Position Stanley Portal Hyatt
  • "Brandy and soda, please," said May, as she squeezed the barmaid's hand on the sly.

    Australia Revenged Boomerang
  • "I beg your pardon, sir," answered the barmaid, coming forward.

    Australia Revenged Boomerang
  • W—k may stand for Wyck, and S—l for Sal, for that is the barmaid's name.

    Australia Revenged Boomerang
  • I got a job today—barmaid, on your beat, where being your wife helps.

    Police Your Planet Lester del Rey
  • He soon left his wife, and was abroad (with a barmaid) when his father died in 1773.

  • "There'll be dancing here this evening," the barmaid informed him.

    The Tinted Venus F. Anstey
  • The barmaid made some mental calculation, after which she replied to Jauncy's question.

    The Tinted Venus F. Anstey
  • On returning to the room, the barmaid, who was quite pale, asked "Are you dead?"

    Reminiscences of Queensland William Henry Corfield
  • All have a word or a good-morning or a joke with the barmaid.

    A Gentleman's Gentleman F. Hopkinson Smith
British Dictionary definitions for barmaid


a woman who serves in a pub
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for barmaid

1650s, from bar (n.2) + maid.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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