Definition of maid in English:



  • 1A female domestic servant.

    ‘Mary eventually managed to find a job as a maid’
    • ‘Hired security was just like any other kind of staff, just like the maids and the servants and drivers.’
    • ‘An army of servants - maids, footmen, cooks and gardeners - made the luxurious lifestyle of the family possible.’
    • ‘Carefully avoiding maids and other assorted servants, Signe successfully made it to the dining room without being seen by anyone.’
    • ‘There, the pictures are in a large, empty house ... about 200 yards in length and the permanent inhabitants are a Housekeeper and two maids, and a carpenter who is in and out as required during the day.’
    • ‘People were forever writing letters to each other, says Fellowes, asking where they could find decent cooks and competent maids or reliable footmen.’
    • ‘The heavy oak doors at the top of the steps opened with a slow precision as several maids and other servants came out to collect any luggage that their new guest may be carrying.’
    • ‘Below stairs, their maids and valets work in tandem with the house staff, a subterranean world with its own strict hierarchy.’
    • ‘In addition to the three aunts the household also included my grandmother, a female cousin and a maid.’
    • ‘Suspicions were raised when a chamber maid saw documents in his jacket which contradicted his story.’
    • ‘In Edwardian times many lower class woman would work as servants or maids for upper class families.’
    • ‘Gracie worked as a live-in domestic maid with a family in Mangalore.’
    • ‘A maid and a butler hold umbrellas over a couple dancing on a windswept beach in their evening wear, their faces obscured.’
    • ‘The air was filled with the noise and clatter of servants and maids from every quarter.’
    • ‘Every room had maids and servants and butlers all cleaning and decorating his home.’
    • ‘A variety of special dishes are prepared from fresh ingredients for ceremonial occasions by the woman of the house and her female maids.’
    • ‘Dinner ended with the maids and servant folk clearing the table.’
    • ‘Jenna smiled at her maid, the women she regarded more as a sister or an aunt or on occasions like now a mother.’
    • ‘Nicholas' maid walked into the room informing him a young woman stood at the door looking for him.’
    • ‘Most female migrants to the first world find employment as maids or domestics.’
    • ‘When single women began to settle in the United States, they went into domestic work as maids, cooks, and housekeepers.’
    female servant, maidservant, housemaid, parlourmaid, serving maid, lady's maid, chambermaid, maid-of-all-work, domestic, drudge, menial
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  • 2archaic An unmarried girl or young woman.

    • ‘Was this just Andrew's manner - no, but he certainly didn't flirt with the other maids and pretty girls he passed on the streets.’
    • ‘A young justice, the Governer of the town, saw the young maid and fell in love with her.’
    • ‘The young fifteen-year-old elven maid paraded from her father's cart to the Market streets.’
    • ‘Where Kiaria was a quiet and reserved elven maid, Eva was a loud and borderline obnoxious human woman.’
    1. 2.1 A virgin.
      • ‘On the eve of St Valentine, a number of young folk - maids and bachelors - would assemble together, and inscribe upon little billets the names of an equal number of maids and bachelors of their acquaintance, throw the whole into a receptacle of some sort, and then draw them lottery-wise - care, of course, being taken that each should draw one of the opposite sex.’


Middle English: abbreviation of maiden.