noun, plural char·wom·en.
a woman hired to do general cleaning, especially in an office or large house.
Origin of charwoman
First recorded in 1590–1600; char3
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Examples from the Web for charwoman
Historical Examples of charwoman
I fixed at last on a charwoman who was about sixty years old.
The charwoman was cleaning the kitchen and now she's out in the hall.
On that particular evening, at about nine o'clock, the charwoman came in.
It was his charwoman, who, as a rule, came only for two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening.
He went off at the heels of the charwoman, and only returned a quarter of an hour afterwards.
British Dictionary definitions for charwoman
noun plural -women
British a woman who is hired to clean, tidy, etc, in a house or office
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Word Origin and History for charwoman
1590s, from Middle English char, cherre "turn of work" (see chore) + woman. An Alicia Charwoman appears in the Borough of Nottingham records in 1379.
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