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[hous-meyd] /ˈhaʊsˌmeɪd/
a female servant employed in general domestic work in a home, especially to do housework.
Origin of housemaid
First recorded in 1685-95; house + maid
Related forms
underhousemaid, noun Unabridged
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  • How did you know I wanted a housemaid, and were your testimonials——'

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • The housemaid can find you what is necessary in the morning.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • The rector's housemaid is sister to my parlour-maid, and it would be sure to get round to him.

    People of Position Stanley Portal Hyatt
  • Miss Phipps did not reply to her housemaid's criticism of the Bangs limbs.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Be your own woman, darling—not your woman's woman—and have Mrs. Gorry for your housemaid.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • At the door of Auntie Nan's bedroom he was met by Martha, the housemaid, now the nurse.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • There were a cook and housemaid he discovered, neither of them visible.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • Well, my friend the housemaid at the 'Metropole' heard you talking about Wyck, and she told me.

    Australia Revenged Boomerang
  • The butler and the gardener and the housemaid and the scullery-maid were all there to see.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for housemaid


a girl or woman employed to do housework, esp one who is resident in the household
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