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[hous-meyd] /ˈhaʊsˌmeɪd/
a female servant employed in general domestic work in a home, especially to do housework.
Origin of housemaid
1685-95; house + maid
Related forms
underhousemaid, noun Unabridged
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  • He almost leaped for joy when he saw his great white charger come in, gentle as a child to the hand of the housemaid.

    The Princess and Curdie George MacDonald
  • How did you know I wanted a housemaid, and were your testimonials——'

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • "They aren't our fault, Annie," she had been known to observe to the housemaid.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • The rector's housemaid is sister to my parlour-maid, and it would be sure to get round to him.

    People of Position Stanley Portal Hyatt
  • This speech frightened the housemaid, and she went straight to the widow's room.

  • Miss Phipps did not reply to her housemaid's criticism of the Bangs limbs.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He seized it quickly and surrendered the room to the destructive personality of the housemaid.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 Compton Mackenzie
  • There were a cook and housemaid he discovered, neither of them visible.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • The housemaid was not at home, it being her turn for the Sunday "out."

British Dictionary definitions for housemaid


a girl or woman employed to do housework, esp one who is resident in the household
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