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femme de chambre

/fam də ʃɑ̃brə/
noun (pl) femmes de chambre (fam də ʃɑ̃brə)
a chambermaid
(rare) a personal maid
Word Origin
C18: woman of the bedroom
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  • The femme de chambre would have had her cheek at the keyhole, to catch what he might say.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • And then came the femme de chambre with a letter addressed to me.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
  • She fled and he allowed her to descend the stairway, followed by her femme de chambre.

  • I had no man-servant in town: my femme de chambre was the only human being I had left in the house.

  • Worlds could not have tempted either me, or my femme de chambre, to have passed another night alone in that house.

  • The femme de chambre now reëntered and said, "Madame is impatient at this delay; every moment seems an hour."

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • The curtain concealed him and he lurked three minutes after he had motioned to the femme de chambre to retire on tiptoe.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James
  • By the end of October they were once more settled at Paris in a floor to themselves, with a valet de place and a femme de chambre.

    Maria Edgeworth Helen Zimmern
  • Ah, Mlle. Rigolette, I should not like to be your femme de chambre; there is danger in it!

  • The "femme de chambre" knows too much to ever think of imposing on Judge Hardin.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage

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