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[milk-meyd] /ˈmɪlkˌmeɪd/
a woman who milks cows or is employed in a dairy; dairymaid.
Origin of milkmaid
First recorded in 1545-55; milk + maid Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for milkmaid
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  • "I think she must have been a pretty silly sort of milkmaid," said Corona.

    Brother Copas

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Anglique was not, however, a milkmaid to say yes before she was asked.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • In the cow house there was nothing for her to do, for a milkmaid and an under-milkmaid did the work there.

    Lisbeth Longfrock Hans Aanrud
  • The milkmaid appeared in the doorway, clad in her Sunday best, as on the day she came.

    Lisbeth Longfrock Hans Aanrud
  • But I will gladly come, and the milkmaid says I may be away over night, because it is too far.

    Lisbeth Longfrock Hans Aanrud
  • She scarcely believed that such a thing had ever happened to the milkmaid herself.

    Lisbeth Longfrock Hans Aanrud
  • Lisbeth did not say anything about her ambition to become a milkmaid.

    Lisbeth Longfrock Hans Aanrud
  • The milkmaid did not know whether the other herders were boys or girls this year.

    Lisbeth Longfrock Hans Aanrud
  • She was goatherd and milkmaid, fire-tender and cook, tailor and tent-maker.

    Society Henry Kalloch Rowe
  • Patty, the milkmaid, was going to market, carrying her milk in a Pail on her head.

    Children's Literature Charles Madison Curry
British Dictionary definitions for milkmaid


a girl or woman who milks cows
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for milkmaid

1550s, from milk (n.) + maid.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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