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charwoman

[chahr-woo m-uh n] /ˈtʃɑrˌwʊm ən/
noun, plural charwomen.
1.
a woman hired to do general cleaning, especially in an office or large house.
Origin of charwoman
1590-1600
1590-1600; char3 + woman
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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
  • The charwoman was cleaning the kitchen and now she's out in the hall.

    People of Position Stanley Portal Hyatt
  • 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
  • He went off at the heels of the charwoman, and only returned a quarter of an hour afterwards.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • I fixed at last on a charwoman who was about sixty years old.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • I should n't be a bit surprised if the charwoman knew something about it.

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

    Aladdin of London Sir Max Pemberton
  • The old gentleman was away all day and the charwoman was cleaning the room.

    Kristy's Rainy Day Picnic Olive Thorne Miller
  • The charwoman possessed the mysterious power to defy destiny.

    The Roll-Call Arnold Bennett
  • She was the only one who had been in the room that day, it was said by the charwoman who was first suspected.

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

charwoman

/ˈtʃɑːˌwʊmən/
noun (pl) -women
1.
(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
n.

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

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