a female servant employed in general domestic work in a home, especially to do housework.

Origin of housemaid

First recorded in 1685–95; house + maid
Related formsun·der·house·maid, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for housemaid

Contemporary Examples of housemaid

Historical Examples of housemaid

  • How did you know I wanted a housemaid, and were your testimonials——'

  • The housemaid can find you what is necessary in the morning.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • The rector's housemaid is sister to my parlour-maid, and it would be sure to get round to him.

    People of Position

    Stanley Portal Hyatt

  • Miss Phipps did not reply to her housemaid's criticism of the Bangs limbs.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Be your own woman, darling—not your woman's woman—and have Mrs. Gorry for your housemaid.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for housemaid



a girl or woman employed to do housework, esp one who is resident in the household
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