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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
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  • While our small adventurer was peacefully sleeping, the milkmaid came to give the cattle their morning fodder.

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

    Lisbeth Longfrock Hans Aanrud
  • They moved about so quickly that the milkmaid's head got almost "light" whilst she looked at them.

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

    Lisbeth Longfrock Hans Aanrud
  • In the month of May there was the addition of a May-pole and garland, a milkmaid, a fiddler, and syllabubs.

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

    Lisbeth Longfrock Hans Aanrud
  • Mr. Magrath generally paints single figures, associated with rural life—a milkmaid, or a farmer.

    Art in America Samuel Greene Wheeler (S.G.W.) Benjamin
  • Lisbeth did not say anything about her ambition to become a milkmaid.

    Lisbeth Longfrock Hans Aanrud
  • The physical shock was felt far and near, and the moral shock travelled with the morning milkmaid into all the suburbs.

  • She was goatherd and milkmaid, fire-tender and cook, tailor and tent-maker.

    Society Henry Kalloch Rowe
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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