Definition of housemaid in US English:

housemaid

noun

  • A female domestic employee, especially one who cleans reception rooms and bedrooms.

    • ‘It has two twin and two double bedrooms, so it sleeps eight, and comes with a resident butler, a housemaid / cook and 24-hour security (the villa is on an estate).’
    • ‘Still, she has to fetch water from public places for those who employ her as the housemaid.’
    • ‘So when they approached this age enquiries were put about as to where there might be ‘a place’ in one of the big houses for a housemaid, kitchenmaid or nursemaid.’
    • ‘A domestic helper, housemaid or simply ‘maid’ can be a welcome relief from the daily household chores.’
    • ‘As our family grew we'd hired more servants so that now we had a parlourmaid, two housemaids, two kitchenmaids, a scullerymaid, Mrs. Benson, Mr. Richards and the cook.’
    • ‘I believe the servants and housemaids pick up every little piece of paper.’
    • ‘Irish working class girls were viewed as drunken and feckless, only suitable to be housemaids or laundresses.’
    • ‘From around 1880 State protection on reserves was introduced, though some Aborigines were employed as stockmen and housemaids on rural properties.’
    • ‘The housemaid helps the Helmers with the housework, mail, and callers.’
    • ‘The working hours of housemaids in Jakarta depend on their employers.’
    • ‘Technically it was the job of a housemaid or kitchenmaid but here Sarah and I took turns or did it together if there was a dinner party on.’
    • ‘The third housemaid did floors, the second maid cleaned furniture, but the head housemaid did the best stuff like dusting ornaments.’
    • ‘If you wanted a butler, or a housemaid, or a cook, you got in touch with Mrs Stroud.’
    • ‘This mixture took place when the Spanish colonisers used African and indigenous slaves as housemaids to cook ‘Spanish’ dishes with imported and locally available products.’
    • ‘According to the housemaids, their employer was very talkative and frequently humiliated Saputra, who had been working for her for more than three years.’
    • ‘Based on job advertisements placed prior to the proposed wage increases, junior kitchen porters and housemaids earn between £9,000 and £9,500.’
    • ‘Few housemaids stayed beyond their mid-20s, when they left to marry.’
    • ‘I decided to cut the recipe in half, since I don't have a big family and housemaids and butlers to feed.’
    • ‘Importantly, hirers of house keeping services are spared from the risk of appointing housemaids or servants, whose trustworthiness is a moot point now-a-days.’
    • ‘Mrs. Williams responded meekly enough but I was sure the moment I was gone the kitchen maids and housemaids would be treated to a rant.’
    attendant, retainer
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Pronunciation

housemaid

/ˈhousˌmād//ˈhaʊsˌmeɪd/