charwoman

See also: char-woman

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EtymologyEdit

From char +‎ -woman.

NounEdit

charwoman (plural charwomen)

  1. (chiefly Britain) A woman employed to do housework, traditionally coming and going on a daily basis and paid weekly wages.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 17, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      This time was most dreadful for Lilian. Thrown on her own resources and almost penniless, she maintained herself and paid the rent of a wretched room near the hospital by working as a charwoman, sempstress, anything.

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