from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A female servant.


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  • A love affair is not made to crouch down and brutalize itself like an English serving-maid who has callouses on her knees from scrubbing.

    Les Miserables

  • Sister Simplice sent a serving-maid to inquire of the portress of the factory, whether the mayor had returned, and if he would not come to the infirmary soon.

    Les Miserables

  • The Lady of the Seven Stars did not indeed ring a bell, because such was not the fashion of the time, but she whistled on a silver call, which was hung by her side, and a tight serving-maid entered the room.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • When we got there, the little chit of a serving-maid, having seen our tickets and grasped that we were tramps, tossed her head in contempt and for a long time would not serve us.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • The hired serving-maid smiled at everyone as she ground the beans in a pestle, to coarse comments but also looks of interest.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • Garia, and Popoff (Ivan Ivanovitch could never remember the name, because the serving-maid had long before torn off the top part of the title-page while amusing the children), or rested on the balcony.

    How the Two Ivans Quarrelled

  • When the bride heard of this, she came and begged for the dress, and wanted to buy it, saying that it was not a dress for a serving-maid.

    The Yellow Fairy Book

  • Barbro felt herself no more at home there now than any other serving-maid; no more bound to the place.

    The Growth of the Soil

  • That alone might not have earned her the place as the serving-maid in the tavern.

    The Lark And The Wren

  • "Master Bonel - his serving-maid has come running for help ..."

    Monk's Hood


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