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milkmaid

[milk-meyd] /ˈmɪlkˌmeɪd/
noun
1.
a woman who milks cows or is employed in a dairy; dairymaid.
Origin of milkmaid
1545-1555
1545-55; milk + maid
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  • While our small adventurer was peacefully sleeping, the milkmaid came to give the cattle their morning fodder.

  • "I think she must have been a pretty silly sort of milkmaid," said Corona.

    Brother Copas Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • They moved about so quickly that the milkmaid's head got almost "light" whilst she looked at them.

  • The milkmaid did not know whether the other herders were boys or girls this year.

    Lisbeth Longfrock Hans Aanrud
  • In the month of May there was the addition of a May-pole and garland, a milkmaid, a fiddler, and syllabubs.

  • But I will gladly come, and the milkmaid says I may be away over night, because it is too far.

    Lisbeth Longfrock Hans Aanrud
  • Mr. Magrath generally paints single figures, associated with rural life—a milkmaid, or a farmer.

    Art in America Samuel Greene Wheeler (S.G.W.) Benjamin
  • She scarcely believed that such a thing had ever happened to the milkmaid herself.

    Lisbeth Longfrock Hans Aanrud
  • The physical shock was felt far and near, and the moral shock travelled with the morning milkmaid into all the suburbs.

  • Lisbeth did not say anything about her ambition to become a milkmaid.

    Lisbeth Longfrock Hans Aanrud
British Dictionary definitions for milkmaid

milkmaid

/ˈmɪlkˌmeɪd/
noun
1.
a girl or woman who milks cows
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Word Origin and History for milkmaid
n.

1550s, from milk (n.) + maid.

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