One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1British A woman serving behind the bar of a pub or hotel.
- ‘ON the cover of a new calendar which has just gone on sale, a half naked barmaid pours a glass of whisky at the Edward VII pub in York.’
- ‘You can barely get your pint away from the bar in London without some smiling barmaid drawing a little shamrock in the head for you.’
- ‘As everyone always notices, the back view reflected in the mirror of the barmaid serving a client in a top hat (who must, by visual implication, be you) is too far to the right to be optically possible.’
- ‘We supply the waitresses, barmaids, security and anything else someone requires to make their night complete.’
- ‘Jack was a trainee upholsterer at the time, Meg worked as a shop assistant and barmaid.’
- ‘One young lass is desperate to make it as a singer, but finds that she's having more success slinging the drinks as a barmaid.’
2North American A waitress who serves drinks in a bar.
- ‘As Maria and company entered the pub, he immediately handed off the drinks to a barmaid and went straight to Erik.’
- ‘Tane sat in a chair next to the table of soldiers, Ice pretended to stir his drink, and Ryo acted like a barmaid and asked them if they wanted anything else.’
- ‘The same barmaid that had served Deuce, asking if the other two occupants of the table wanted a drink, interrupted any reply Epoxie could have made.’
- ‘From the way she was dressed, Sarah assumed she was one of the barmaids.’
- ‘Crowe was seen drinking Guinness in many Limerick pubs including the Charlie St George, and Nancy Blake's where a barmaid refused to serve him due to it being after hours.’
- ‘I also have to add that it has the most attractive barmaids of any bar I have ever been in throughout my life, absolutely beautiful!’
- ‘Forget about those tales of huge tubs filled with ice cold beer served by doe-eyed barmaids just quivering to hear your band.’
- ‘Great place to nip into on the way to Hollywood and load up on flaming sambuca's at the bar with the lovely barmaids.’
- ‘With the exception of the barmaids, the occupants of the tavern were men, the majority of them heavyset and tough-looking.’
- ‘Ziana sighed, irritated, as Devon called for the barmaid to bring her whatever her usual drink was.’
- ‘The fire of the Inn flickered as its customers called for ale and stew, and Nali and the other barmaids hurried around, taking orders.’
- ‘The barmaids are well fit, and you get your drinks served to you in a flash.’
- ‘A pretty barmaid in a short skirt and apron was serving them.’
- ‘The barmaid spilled his drink all over him and then… nothing.’
- ‘1840 - In a beer tavern known as Corse Halle, near Berlin, barmaids on rolling skates served thirsty patrons.’
- ‘In the lobby of the Tel Aviv Opera House, tall barmaids in red sequins served wine in plastic goblets with labels declaring the sponsorship of the Bezeq telephone company.’
- ‘Rough clothing and general shabbiness proclaimed their lack of affluence, yet there was no rowdiness, and no one gave the two overworked barmaids trouble.’
- ‘All the booths around the edges of the room were crammed with people, and the barmaids had their hands full serving them.’
- ‘At about 1: 30 am, he ordered a drink from Hattie Carroll, one of the barmaids.’
- ‘A young barmaid brought Doran a drink, grinning at him mischievously, but he didn't even glance at her.’
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