from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A female servant who works in a laundry.


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  • The merit of the original idea of a raking pot of tea evidently belongs to the washerwoman and the laundry-maid.

    Castle Rackrent

  • The laundry-maid should commence her labours on Monday morning by a careful examination of the articles committed to her care, and enter them in the washing-book; separating the white linen and collars, sheets and body-linen into one heap, fine muslins into another, coloured cotton and linen fabrics into a third, woollens into a fourth, and the coarser kitchen and other greasy cloth into a fifth.


  • On Saturday mornings she gave up all her usual avocations, denied herself to the general public, and devoted her energies to the wash-tub and the ironing board, the result of which operations she proudly displayed in a pile of muslins which would have done credit to an experienced laundry-maid.

    The Girls of St. Olave's

  • Again it is treated with all the vigor with which a good laundry-maid attacks dirty linen, the canvas, in the end, being consigned to a regular washing-machine, in which it is systematically worked for some time.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 315, January 14, 1882

  • Castleton was one day caught 'lending a helping hand' to an over-loaded under laundry-maid, who had been sent by her superior with a wicker-bound snowy freight of her Ladyship's own superfine linen.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 19, No. 546, May 12, 1832

  • A footman, laundry-maid and scullery-maid are also added, sometimes, to the corps of servants.

    Book of Etiquette, Volume 2

  • We heard of a gentleman who fancied his laundry-maid, so he called his servants together and told them that he was to marry her and bring her home as the lady of his house, and he hoped they would all stay where they were; but if they felt that they could not look upon her as their mistress and his wife, they were free to go away.

    Introduction to the Science of Sociology

  • ‘Aye, ’ said the lad; ‘I am auld Willie Johnstone’s son, and I got that letter frae my sister Peggy, that’s laundry-maid at Woodbourne.

    Chapter XL

  • And she decided that, later on, when she was as big and strong, she would be a laundry-maid and run about on just such level roofs, joyously hanging up wash.

    The Poor Little Rich Girl

  • But Mrs Rouse, his granddaughter, thought "Mr Peel did look far an 'away the best, something out o' the common 'e were, like what a body sees in the theatre over to Marlehouse ... but there, I suppose 'tis dressin' up for the likes o 'Master Grantly, an' I must say laundry-maid, she done up grandfather's smock something beautiful."

    The Ffolliots of Redmarley


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