Definition of maid in US English:



  • 1A female domestic servant.

    • ‘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.’
    female servant, maidservant, housemaid, parlourmaid, serving maid, lady's maid, chambermaid, maid-of-all-work, domestic, drudge, menial
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    1. 1.1archaic, literary A girl or young woman, especially an unmarried one.
      • ‘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.’
      girl, young woman, young lady, miss
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    2. 1.2archaic, literary 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.’
      virgin, vestal virgin, chaste woman, unmarried girl, celibate
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Middle English: abbreviation of maiden.