a woman who bartends; bartender.

Origin of barmaid

First recorded in 1650–60; bar1 + maid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for barmaid

Historical Examples of barmaid

  • The barmaid, who was polishing her spirit measures, looked at him curiously.

    People of Position

    Stanley Portal Hyatt

  • W—k may stand for Wyck, and S—l for Sal, for that is the barmaid's name.

  • "I beg your pardon, sir," answered the barmaid, coming forward.

  • "Brandy and soda, please," said May, as she squeezed the barmaid's hand on the sly.

  • I got a job today—barmaid, on your beat, where being your wife helps.

    Police Your Planet

    Lester del Rey

British Dictionary definitions for barmaid



a woman who serves in a pub


See barman
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Word Origin and History for barmaid

1650s, from bar (n.2) + maid.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper