a woman who milks cows or is employed in a dairy; dairymaid.

Origin of milkmaid

First recorded in 1545–55; milk + maid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for milkmaid

Historical Examples of milkmaid

  • "I think she must have been a pretty silly sort of milkmaid," said Corona.

    Brother Copas

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • Anglique was not, however, a milkmaid to say yes before she was asked.

    The Golden Dog

    William Kirby

  • In the cow house there was nothing for her to do, for a milkmaid and an under-milkmaid did the work there.

  • The milkmaid appeared in the doorway, clad in her Sunday best, as on the day she came.

  • But I will gladly come, and the milkmaid says I may be away over night, because it is too far.

British Dictionary definitions for milkmaid



a girl or woman who milks cows
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Word Origin and History for milkmaid

1550s, from milk (n.) + maid.

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