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maid

[ meyd ]
/ meɪd /
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noun

a female domestic employee who cleans tourist accommodations or does cleaning or other housework in a home: a hotel maid.
a female domestic servant with any of various duties, especially in a large house (often used in combination): a kitchen maid who assisted the cook; a handmaid; a lady’s maid; a nursery maid.
Archaic. a girl or young unmarried woman.
Archaic. a female virgin.

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Origin of maid

First recorded in 1225–1275; Middle English maide, maid, shortened variant of maiden

OTHER WORDS FROM maid

maidish, adjectivemaid·ish·ness, nounsubmaid, nounun·der·maid, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH maid

made, maid
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British Dictionary definitions for maid

maid
/ (meɪd) /

noun

archaic, or literary a young unmarried girl; maiden
  1. a female servant
  2. (in combination)a housemaid
a spinster

Derived forms of maid

maidish, adjectivemaidishness, noun

Word Origin for maid

C12: shortened form of maiden
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