One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A female domestic servant.
female servant, maidservant, housemaid, parlourmaid, serving maid, lady's maid, chambermaid, maid-of-all-work, domestic, drudge, menialView synonyms
- ‘The air was filled with the noise and clatter of servants and maids from every quarter.’
- ‘Gracie worked as a live-in domestic maid with a family in Mangalore.’
- ‘Hired security was just like any other kind of staff, just like the maids and the servants and drivers.’
- ‘A maid and a butler hold umbrellas over a couple dancing on a windswept beach in their evening wear, their faces obscured.’
- ‘Most female migrants to the first world find employment as maids or domestics.’
- ‘Suspicions were raised when a chamber maid saw documents in his jacket which contradicted his story.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A variety of special dishes are prepared from fresh ingredients for ceremonial occasions by the woman of the house and her female maids.’
- ‘Jenna smiled at her maid, the women she regarded more as a sister or an aunt or on occasions like now a mother.’
- ‘People were forever writing letters to each other, says Fellowes, asking where they could find decent cooks and competent maids or reliable footmen.’
- ‘Every room had maids and servants and butlers all cleaning and decorating his home.’
- ‘In Edwardian times many lower class woman would work as servants or maids for upper class families.’
- ‘In addition to the three aunts the household also included my grandmother, a female cousin and a maid.’
- ‘Dinner ended with the maids and servant folk clearing the table.’
- ‘Nicholas' maid walked into the room informing him a young woman stood at the door looking for him.’
- ‘When single women began to settle in the United States, they went into domestic work as maids, cooks, and housekeepers.’
- ‘An army of servants - maids, footmen, cooks and gardeners - made the luxurious lifestyle of the family possible.’
- ‘Below stairs, their maids and valets work in tandem with the house staff, a subterranean world with its own strict hierarchy.’
- ‘Carefully avoiding maids and other assorted servants, Signe successfully made it to the dining room without being seen by anyone.’
- 1.1archaic, literary A girl or young woman, especially an unmarried one.
girl, young woman, young lady, missView synonyms
- ‘Where Kiaria was a quiet and reserved elven maid, Eva was a loud and borderline obnoxious human woman.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.2archaic, literary A virgin.
virgin, vestal virgin, chaste woman, unmarried girl, celibateView synonyms
- ‘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.
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