Origin of maid
Examples from the Web for 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|Moral Courage|October 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She works as a maid, scrubbing floors and toilets of the well-to-do families in West Hartford, Connecticut.
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|Tom Sykes|January 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I heard of the parrots a year or two later as giving lessons in Italian to an English maid.Essays on Life, Art and Science|Samuel Butler
The Maid had by her first triumph given the "sign" so oft demanded of her that she was truly the envoy of God.The Executioner's Knife|Eugne Sue
“I would deny the maid nought that were for her good, Orige,” said the father, sadly.Clare Avery|Emily Sarah Holt
My maid is a salaried spy, and a longer interview would make you suspected.Frederick The Great and His Family|L. Muhlbach
If it helps a young couple to do with one maid, or with none, instead of two, it makes for cheapness of living.Imaginary Interviews|W. D. Howells
British Dictionary definitions for maid
- a female servant
- (in combination)a housemaid
Word Origin for maid
Word Origin and History 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."