from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A woman who attends or waits in service; a waiting-maid.


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  • No hostess here, with duties and status, but perhaps the least among the arriving guests, she had held herself aloof from the princess's waiting-woman, keeping her own counsel and, as it seemed, waiting her own chance.

    His Disposition

  • They parted with less than their usual degree of reverence and regard; for the steward felt that his worldly wisdom was rebuked by the more disinterested attachment of the waiting-woman, and Mistress Lilias Bradbourne was compelled to consider her old friend as something little better than a time-server.

    The Abbot

  • “I wonder where they are to be found,” said the waiting-woman, with some asperity; “but I believe, Master Wingate, if one were to speak to you about the devil himself, you would say there were worse people than Satan.”

    The Abbot

  • Ambrose, supposing him to become the master of the castle, would certainly require the services of a steward, yet those of a waiting-woman would, in the supposed circumstances, be altogether superfluous.

    The Abbot

  • I have known many a lady as high as she is, that never thought either of a friend or favourite beyond their own waiting-woman — always having a proper respect, at the same time, for their old and faithful master of the household, Master

    The Abbot

  • “My waiting-woman, Agatha, has what necessaries I may require; and, for the rest, no knight ever travelled so little embarrassed with baggage as my husband.”

    Count Robert of Paris

  • An ancient waiting-woman of the Queen had heard the Duc de Coigny say, in 1788, that the Emperor had already received two hundred millions from France to make war upon the Turks.

    16 October and the Martyrdom of Marie-Antoinette

  • When an old waiting-woman announced to the Marquise de

    A Woman of Thirty

  • Coralie and her waiting-woman were obliged to assist the poet to climb to the first floor.

    A Distinguished Provincial at Paris

  • There was a young waiting-woman had a monstrous desire to see the glass-house — —

    The Duchess of Malfi


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