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femme de chambre

noun plural femmes de chambre (fam də ʃɑ̃brə)
  1. a chambermaid
  2. rare a personal maid
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Word Origin for femme de chambre

C18: woman of the bedroom
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Examples from the Web for femme de chambre

Historical Examples of femme de chambre

  • "Mademoiselle," replied he, politely touching his cap to the femme-de-chambre.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II)

    Charles James Lever

  • After dinner Will told me that the strange gentleman begged to be allowed to speak to my femme-de-chambre, Mrs. Kennedy.

  • There is a dearth of incident which the side-play of the coquettish maid, Nathalie's femme-de-chambre, fails to relieve.

  • In their retinue came Ursula, an Italian femme-de-chambre, a woman whose name is never uttered in the pueblo but with a curse.

  • Désirée, our femme-de-chambre, before she came to us, lived in a wealthy roturier family.