charwoman

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. chartulary,
  2. chartwell,
  3. charvaka,
  4. charver,
  5. charvet,
  6. chary,
  7. charybdis,
  8. chas.,
  9. chase,
  10. chase mortise

Origin of charwoman

First recorded in 1590–1600; char3 + woman

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British Dictionary definitions for charwoman

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

charwoman

n.

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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