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[chahr-woo m-uh n] /ˈtʃɑrˌwʊm ən/
noun, plural charwomen.
a woman hired to do general cleaning, especially in an office or large house.
Origin of charwoman
First recorded in 1590-1600; char3 + woman Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for charwoman
Historical Examples
  • I fixed at last on a charwoman who was about sixty years old.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • The charwoman was cleaning the kitchen and now she's out in the hall.

    People of Position Stanley Portal Hyatt
  • It was his charwoman, who, as a rule, came only for two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • On that particular evening, at about nine o'clock, the charwoman came in.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • He went off at the heels of the charwoman, and only returned a quarter of an hour afterwards.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • I should n't be a bit surprised if the charwoman knew something about it.

  • The old gentleman was away all day and the charwoman was cleaning the room.

    Kristy's Rainy Day Picnic Olive Thorne Miller
  • She was the only one who had been in the room that day, it was said by the charwoman who was first suspected.

    Kristy's Rainy Day Picnic Olive Thorne Miller
  • "All his wealth143 came by her," swore the charwoman Joan Horton.

    Shakespearean Playhouses

    Joseph Quincy Adams
  • His wife acted as charwoman at the church built by Sir Jacques.

British Dictionary definitions for charwoman


noun (pl) -women
(Brit) a woman who is hired to clean, tidy, etc, in a house or office
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for charwoman

1590s, from Middle English char, cherre "turn of work" (see chore) + woman. An Alicia Charwoman appears in the Borough of Nottingham records in 1379.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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