[ meyd ]
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  1. a female domestic employee who cleans tourist accommodations or does cleaning or other housework in a home: a hotel maid.

  2. 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.

  1. Archaic. a girl or young unmarried woman.

  2. Archaic. a female virgin.

Origin of maid

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

Other words from maid

  • maidish, adjective
  • maid·ish·ness, noun
  • submaid, noun
  • un·der·maid, noun

Words that may be confused with maid

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How to use maid in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for maid


/ (meɪd) /

  1. archaic, or literary a young unmarried girl; maiden

    • a female servant

    • (in combination): a housemaid

  1. a spinster

Origin of maid

C12: shortened form of maiden

Derived forms of maid

  • maidish, adjective
  • maidishness, noun

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