maid-in-waiting
noun (plural maids-in-waiting) Date: 1953 a young woman of a queen's or princess's household appointed to attend her

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  • maid in waiting — maid in waiting, or maid in|wait|ing «MAYD IHNWAY tihng», noun, plural maids in waiting, maids in waiting. an unmarried noble lady who attends a queen or princess …   Useful english dictionary

  • maid-in-waiting — maid′ in wait′ing n. pl. maids in wait•ing an unmarried woman who serves as an attendant to a queen or princess • Etymology: 1950–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • maid-in-waiting — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ noun (plural maids in waiting) : a young woman of a queen s or princess s household appointed to wait upon or attend her * * * /mayd in way ting/, n., pl. maids in waiting. an unmarried woman who serves as an attendant to a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • maid-in-waiting — /mayd in way ting/, n., pl. maids in waiting. an unmarried woman who serves as an attendant to a queen or princess; lady in waiting. [1950 55] * * * …   Universalium

  • maid-in|wait|ing — maid in waiting, or maid in|wait|ing «MAYD IHNWAY tihng», noun, plural maids in waiting, maids in waiting. an unmarried noble lady who attends a queen or princess …   Useful english dictionary

  • In waiting — Waiting Wait ing, a. & n. from {Wait}, v. [1913 Webster] {In waiting}, in attendance; as, lords in waiting. [Eng.] {Waiting gentlewoman}, a woman who waits upon a person of rank. {Waiting maid}, {Waiting woman}, a maid or woman who waits upon… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lady in waiting — Lady La dy (l[=a] d[y^]), n.; pl. {Ladies} (l[=a] d[i^]z). [OE. ladi, l[ae]fdi, AS. hl[=ae]fdige, hl[=ae]fdie; AS. hl[=a]f loaf + a root of uncertain origin, possibly akin to E. dairy. See {Loaf}, and cf. {Lord}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A woman who… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Waiting maid — Waiting Wait ing, a. & n. from {Wait}, v. [1913 Webster] {In waiting}, in attendance; as, lords in waiting. [Eng.] {Waiting gentlewoman}, a woman who waits upon a person of rank. {Waiting maid}, {Waiting woman}, a maid or woman who waits upon… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Waiting — Wait ing, a. & n. from {Wait}, v. [1913 Webster] {In waiting}, in attendance; as, lords in waiting. [Eng.] {Waiting gentlewoman}, a woman who waits upon a person of rank. {Waiting maid}, {Waiting woman}, a maid or woman who waits upon another as… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Waiting gentlewoman — Waiting Wait ing, a. & n. from {Wait}, v. [1913 Webster] {In waiting}, in attendance; as, lords in waiting. [Eng.] {Waiting gentlewoman}, a woman who waits upon a person of rank. {Waiting maid}, {Waiting woman}, a maid or woman who waits upon… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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