[ chahr-woo m-uh n ]
/ ˈtʃɑrˌwʊm ən /

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 + woman Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for charwoman


/ (ˈtʃɑːˌwʊmən) /

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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