a woman who is a janitor.

Origin of janitress

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90; janit(o)r + -ess

Usage note

See -ess.
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Examples from the Web for janitress

Historical Examples of janitress

  • Cornelia turned round and took a good look at the janitress.

    The Coast of Bohemia

    William Dean Howells

  • As for him, he was fairly on pins and needles to know what it was the janitress wanted.

  • And what do ye think ye ought t' do for Madam, the janitress?

  • The mother was found to be a janitress, temporarily incapacitated by rheumatism.

    Civics and Health

    William H. Allen

  • It was our janitress, and she had returned us the empty bottle.

    The Van Dwellers

    Albert Bigelow Paine