from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A woman or girl employed to do housework.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A female servant attached to the non-servant quarter part of the house. (as opposed to a scullery maid.)
  • n. a housewife.
  • v. To be a housemaid.
  • v. To wait on someone hand on foot, to watch them.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A female servant employed to do housework, esp. to take care of the rooms.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A female servant employed in general work about a house.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a female domestic


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  • Martha used this word in "The Secret Garden." when she was talking to Mary and said that she would be doing the work in her room.

    June 13, 2012