- a person employed in an apartment house, office building, school, etc., to clean the public areas, remove garbage, and do minor repairs; caretaker.
- Archaic. a doorkeeper or porter.
- to be employed as a janitor.
Origin of janitor
Examples from the Web for janitor
Everybody from Bill Gates to his janitor wants the economy to grow.What Obama Can Learn From Elizabeth Warren
December 17, 2013
He admits to us that most of the time he is more of a janitor than a brewmaster.Look Out! There’s a Craft-Beer Revolution Taking Over France
December 2, 2013
As a janitor working in a cleaning service, he claimed to have insider information.The Mississippi Man Caught Mailing Ricin-Letters is an Elvis Impersonator
April 18, 2013
His father ran a janitorial business and Tucker would help out by working as a janitor as the local Burger King.Chris Tucker’s Journey From Tax Problems to ‘Silver Linings Playbook’
November 14, 2012
Husband has his M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering(Graduated with honors), $30,000 in school debt and works as a janitor.Millennials Report From the Trenches: High Loans, Low Pay, Few Jobs
July 18, 2012
When accidentally struck by the janitor's broom, he gives off a cloud of dust.The Devil's Dictionary
The janitor was still there on guard, but the body of the dead monkey had been removed.The Film of Fear
Yes, I gave the janitor the gold piece for finding your pet cane.The Gorgeous Girl
It doesn't do any good to scold the janitor about our cold rooms.The New Pun Book
Thomas A. Brown and Thomas Joseph Carey
They called the janitor and expostulated volubly, but all to no effect.A Woman for Mayor
Helen M. Winslow
- Scot, US and Canadian the caretaker of a building, esp a school
- mainly US and Canadian a person employed to clean and maintain a building, esp the public areas in a block of flats or office building; porter
Word Origin and History for janitor
1580s, "an usher in a school," later "doorkeeper" (1620s), from Latin ianitor "doorkeeper, porter," from ianua "door, entrance, gate," from ianus "arched passageway, arcade" (see Janus) + agent suffix -tor. Meaning "caretaker of a building" first recorded 1708.