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[chahr-woo m-uh n] /ˈtʃɑrˌwʊm ən/
noun, plural charwomen.
a woman hired to do general cleaning, especially in an office or large house.
Origin of charwoman
1590-1600; char3 + woman Unabridged
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  • In the corridor before the chambers, Willy laid stress upon the point about the charwoman and made much of her.

    Aladdin of London Sir Max Pemberton
  • His wife acted as charwoman at the church built by Sir Jacques.

  • In winter I consider she should go out by daylight, so I often send her off early on the charwoman's day.

    The Labour-saving House Dorothy Constance Bayliff Peel
  • The charwoman was cleaning the kitchen and now she's out in the hall.

    People of Position Stanley Portal Hyatt
  • I fixed at last on a charwoman who was about sixty years old.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • He went off at the heels of the charwoman, and only returned a quarter of an hour afterwards.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • She turned round as the charwoman entered and so hid her face from him.

    Aladdin of London Sir Max Pemberton
  • I should n't be a bit surprised if the charwoman knew something about it.

  • The charwoman possessed the mysterious power to defy destiny.

    The Roll-Call Arnold Bennett
  • The old gentleman was away all day and the charwoman was cleaning the room.

    Kristy's Rainy Day Picnic Olive Thorne Miller
British Dictionary definitions for charwoman


noun (pl) -women
(Brit) a woman who is hired to clean, tidy, etc, in a house or office
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Word Origin and History for charwoman

1590s, from Middle English char, cherre "turn of work" (see chore) + woman. An Alicia Charwoman appears in the Borough of Nottingham records in 1379.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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