parlormaid


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par•lor•maid

(ˈpɑr lərˌmeɪd)

n.
a subordinate maid.
[1830–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.parlormaid - a maid in a private home whose duties are to care for the parlor and the table and to answer the door
housemaid, maid, maidservant, amah - a female domestic
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The most photographed person in Cameron's household was her parlormaid Mary Hillier, to whom an entire wall of the exhibition is devoted.
49) Most penitents were equipped to take positions as domestic servants, usually specialist posts such as parlormaid or cook, while those of more ability were often trained as nurses.
Milner Fothergill even described the "pernicious" effects of sensation fiction upon the impressionable minds of lovesick parlormaids (709).