[meyd-sur-vuh nt]


a female servant.

Origin of maidservant

First recorded in 1520–30; maid + servant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for maidservant

Contemporary Examples of maidservant

Historical Examples of maidservant

  • Meanwhile upon the greensward the maidservant was laying the table for supper.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • The scared face of a maidservant at that moment appeared at the head of the stairs.

    The Hand in the Dark

    Arthur J. Rees

  • A caller in the person of a Mr. Pomeroy was announced by the maidservant.

    Fibble, D. D.

    Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb

  • Then a maidservant ran into the hall and hurriedly said something, mentioning the princess.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

  • Just then a knock came at their door and the maidservant handed a letter in.

    Sister Carrie

    Theodore Dreiser

British Dictionary definitions for maidservant



a female servant
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Word Origin and History for maidservant

1520s, from maid (n.) + servant.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper