from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A lady's waiting-maid.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A general name for a waiting-woman or lady's-maid.
- n. Sometimes written as a common noun, without a capital.
From the name Abigail, as given to a waiting-maid in Beaumont & Fletcher's play The Scornful Lady. (Wiktionary)