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maid

Noun

1 a female domestic [syn: maidservant, housemaid, amah]
2 an unmarried girl (especially a virgin) [syn: maiden]

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English

Etymology

mayde, maide, abbreviation of maiden

Pronunciation

Noun

maid (plural maids or maiden)
  1. (Poetic, also maiden) A girl or an unmarried young woman.
    Note -- maid is often used in the common or species names of flowering plants.
  2. A female servant or cleaner.

Synonyms

Translations

young female
female servant or cleaner

Veps

Noun

maid

Extensive Definition

Maid is also a shortened form of "maiden", an archaic word for an unmarried woman or a virgin.
MAID is also a acronym of Massive array of idle disks
Maid is also a Bosniac Name
A maidservant or in current usage maid is a female employed in domestic service. Once part of an elaborate hierarchy in great houses, today the maid may be the only domestic worker that upper and even middle-income households can afford. In the Western world, comparatively few households can afford live-in domestic help, usually compromising on periodic cleaners. In less developed nations, very large differences in the income of urban and rural households and between different socio-economic classes, fewer educated women and limited opportunities for working women ensures a labour source for domestic work.
Maids perform typical domestic chores such as cooking, ironing, washing, cleaning the house, grocery shopping, walking the family dog, and taking care of children. In many places in some poor countries, maids often take on the role of a nurse in taking care of the elderly and people with disabilities. Many maids are required by their employers to wear a uniform.

Types of maid

In hierarchical order, the types of maids in a large household are:
  • Head House Parlour-maid (or Head Housemaid, Head Parlour-maid)
  • House Parlour-maids (or simply housemaid) (Under House Parlour-maid, if there is only one)
  • Chambermaids (also known as housemaids); a chambermaid is a maid who cleans and cares for bedrooms
  • Nursery maids
  • Kitchen maids, also Between maid (Hall girl in the US)
  • Scullery maids also known as the Cinder maid
  • Lady's maid - Outside of the normal hierarchy, the lady's maid was a senior servant who reported directly to the lady of the house, rather than to the housekeeper or butler.
The position of chambermaid is also a job commonly found in hotels. Their job is mainly to clean the rooms of guests.
In several developing countries, working as a maid is still one of the main possibilities a poor young girl may have to earn an income.
maid in German: Magd
maid in Spanish: Sirvienta
maid in Japanese: メイド
maid in Russian: Горничная
maid in Simple English: Maid
maid in Swedish: Hembiträde
maid in Chinese: 女傭

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abigail, amah, au pair girl, ayah, babe, baby, bachelor girl, betweenmaid, biddy, broad, chambermaid, chaperon, chick, colleen, companion, cook, cutie, daily, dame, damoiselle, damsel, demoiselle, doll, domestic, duenna, feme sole, femme de chambre, fille de chambre, filly, frail, gal, gentlewoman, girl, girlie, handmaid, handmaiden, heifer, hired girl, housemaid, hoyden, jeune fille, jill, junior miss, kitchenmaid, lady-help, lady-in-waiting, lass, lassie, little missy, live-in maid, live-out maid, lone woman, mademoiselle, maiden, maiden lady, maidservant, miss, missy, nursemaid, nymph, nymphet, old maid, parlormaid, piece, quail, romp, schoolgirl, schoolmaid, schoolmiss, scullery maid, servant girl, servitress, single girl, skirt, slip, soubrette, spinster, spinstress, subdeb, subdebutante, subteen, subteener, teenybopper, tomato, tomboy, tweeny, upstairs maid, vestal, vestal virgin, virgin, waiting maid, wench, young creature, young thing
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