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janitor

[ jan-i-ter ]
/ ˈdʒæn ɪ tər /
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noun
a person employed in an apartment house, office building, school, etc., to clean the public areas, remove garbage, and do minor repairs; caretaker.
Archaic. a doorkeeper or porter.
verb (used without object)
to be employed as a janitor.

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Origin of janitor

First recorded in 1575–85; from Latin jānitor “doorkeeper,” equivalent to jāni- (combining form of jānus “doorway, covered passage”) + -tor -tor

OTHER WORDS FROM janitor

jan·i·to·ri·al [jan-i-tawr-ee-uhl], /ˌdʒæn ɪˈtɔr i əl/, adjectiveun·der·jan·i·tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for janitor

janitor
/ (ˈdʒænɪtə) /

noun
Scot, US and Canadian the caretaker of a building, esp a school
mainly US and Canadian a person employed to clean and maintain a building, esp the public areas in a block of flats or office building; porter

Derived forms of janitor

janitorial (ˌdʒænɪˈtɔːrɪəl), adjectivejanitress, fem n

Word Origin for janitor

C17: from Latin: doorkeeper, from jānua door, entrance, from jānus covered way (compare Janus 1); related to Latin īre to go
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