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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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  • She made a present to her first femme de chambre of five large farms, upon which the whole Court subsisted.

    The Memoirs of the Louis XIV. and The Regency, Complete Elizabeth-Charlotte, Duchesse d'Orleans
  • The femme de chambre would have had her cheek at the keyhole, to catch what he might say.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • "Dame, chez elles—to their house," said the femme de chambre, who appeared to think that Bernard asked too many questions.

    Confidence Henry James
  • And then came the femme de chambre with a letter addressed to me.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
  • I suppose it reflects upon the femme de chambre when the mistress is not up to the mark.

    Letters of a Diplomat's Wife Mary King Waddington
  • She fled and he allowed her to descend the stairway, followed by her femme de chambre.

  • They wear old brown cloaks—so the femme de chambre told me—that you wouldn't use for a horse blanket.

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

  • 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

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