a maid who takes care of a parlor, answers the door, waits on guests, etc.

Origin of parlormaid

First recorded in 1830–40; parlor + maid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for parlormaid

Historical Examples of parlormaid

  • Jane, the parlormaid, entering with tea, interrupted his comments.

    The Little Warrior

    P. G. Wodehouse

  • Somehow she could not picture her in a parlormaid's cap and apron.


    Compton Mackenzie

  • Jill was talking to the parlormaid whose head had popped up over the banisters flanking the stairs that led to the kitchen.

    The Little Warrior

    P. G. Wodehouse

  • In the hall below, the parlormaid Annie encountered Mrs. Heth, waked from her nap by the two rings at the bell.

    V. V.'s Eyes

    Henry Sydnor Harrison

  • Finally, he married the parlormaid, and settled here in this town as a joiner.