- 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.
- to be employed as a janitor.
Origin of janitor
Examples from the Web for janitorial
Many of the folks he daps are simply secretaries, security, and even the janitorial staff.‘black-ish’ Keeps It Real about the Invisible Black Man
September 24, 2014
It creates a new visa category, a W visa, for non-farm temporary workers in areas like janitorial services, construction, retail.Slight Revision on Immigration
April 1, 2013
His father ran a janitorial business and Tucker would help out by working as a janitor as the local Burger King.Chris Tucker’s Journey From Tax Problems to ‘Silver Linings Playbook’
November 14, 2012
We had not awakened as yet to the fulness of janitorial tyranny and power.
Besides, I was ignorant then of janitorial tyranny as the accepted code.
Were they in some kind of a janitorial uniform so that you could tell that they were employees?Warren Commission (12 of 26): Hearings Vol. XII (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
- 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
Word Origin and History for janitorial
1580s, "an usher in a school," later "doorkeeper" (1620s), from Latin ianitor "doorkeeper, porter," from ianua "door, entrance, gate," from ianus "arched passageway, arcade" (see Janus) + agent suffix -tor. Meaning "caretaker of a building" first recorded 1708.