- a female servant.
- a girl or young unmarried woman.
- Archaic. a virgin.
Origin of maid
Related Words for maidgirl, housemaid, chambermaid, biddy, woman, help, domestic, damsel, nursemaid, miss, handmaiden, maidservant, factotum, live-in
Examples from the Web for maid
Contemporary Examples of maid
Her father and stepmother both beat her, and she was forced to become a maid in her own house.How One Young Woman Escaped Childhood Abuse and a Forced Marriage
October 8, 2014
She works as a maid, scrubbing floors and toilets of the well-to-do families in West Hartford, Connecticut.Breaking Mount Everest’s Glass Ceiling
Amanda Padoan, Peter Zuckerman
March 30, 2014
I did as she bade me, and left her there when the maid came in.
The maid had orders to summon him the instant Geneviève opened her eyes.
Kate might also want to think about taking a dresser or a lady's maid.Situation Vacant: Kate and William Seek New Nanny For George
January 13, 2014
Historical Examples of maid
The face of the maid that served him had been no heaven for the souls of dead flowers.
Why he neglected to include the way of a maid with a man is not at once apparent.
Miss Briggs, the maid, sir—but she's just ready to go out, sir.
While he was thus raging a knock came to the door, and a maid entered.Weighed and Wanting
Only the maid answered the ringing of the telephone, and his notes were seemingly unheeded.Within the Law
- archaic, or literary a young unmarried girl; maiden
- a female servant
- (in combination)a housemaid
- a spinster
Word Origin for maid
late 12c., "a virgin, a young unmarried woman," shortening of maiden (n.). Like that word, used in Middle English of unmarried men as well as women (cf. maiden-man, c.1200, used of both sexes, reflecting also the generic use of man). Domestic help sense is from c.1300. In reference to Joan of Arc, attested from 1540s (cf. French la Pucelle). Maid Marian, one of Robin Hood's companions, first recorded 1520s, perhaps from French, where Robin et Marian have been stock names for country lovers since 13c. Maid of Honor (1580s) originally was "unmarried lady of noble birth who attends a queen or princess;" meaning "principal bridesmaid" is attested from 1895. Maydelond (translating Latin terra feminarum) was "the land of the Amazons."