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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A somewhat similar swelling, often as large as an egg, is sometimes seen over the kneepan, more often in those who work upon their knees, hence the name housemaid's knee.
Alice and Dora would have liked to get the bedrooms ready for the honored guests, but a really good housemaid is sometimes more ready to say "don't" than even a general.
'And he buried her beautiful, ma'am,' said a certain housemaid to her once.
Dearest, - Nature prompts me to begin the week with writing to you, though I have such a pressure of work ahead as I can't see daylight through, with no help in putting to rights; for my large, beautiful housemaid is like a cow in a flower-garden amongst/[Page 222]/the
The housemaid is also a good servant, but not so agreeable a one.
A safe housemaid is so much easier to get here than a cook, who doesn't drink, nor steal, nor take the house to herself!
Then she called the housemaid and informed her that she had been summoned to return suddenly to England; she must reach Brussels at least that evening.
Inflammation of it goes by the common name housemaid's knee.
Virginia and Leonard frequently used the word housemaid as an insult.
Perhaps you would be so kind as to call a housemaid to show me to my room?