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[pahr-ler-meyd] /ˈpɑr lərˌmeɪd/
a maid who takes care of a parlor, answers the door, waits on guests, etc.
Origin of parlormaid
1830-40; parlor + maid Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Somehow she could not picture her in a parlormaid's cap and apron.

    Carnival Compton Mackenzie
  • Jane, the parlormaid, entering with tea, interrupted his comments.

    The Little Warrior P. G. Wodehouse
  • Jill was talking to the parlormaid whose head had popped up over the banisters flanking the stairs that led to the kitchen.

    The Little Warrior P. G. Wodehouse
  • In the hall below, the parlormaid Annie encountered Mrs. Heth, waked from her nap by the two rings at the bell.

    V. V.'s Eyes Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • Finally, he married the parlormaid, and settled here in this town as a joiner.

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