Part of speech: noun

A female servant. handmaiden.

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Usage examples "handmaid":

  1. He had resolutely refused to think of Miss Sally; he had been able to withstand the suggestions of her in the presence of her handmaid- supposed to be potent in nursing and herb- lore- whom she had detached to wait upon him, and he had returned politely formal acknowledgments to her inquiries. - "Sally Dows and Other Stories", Bret Harte.
  2. I don't know why, but from the first he drew my attention; and I left my handmaid to count her charms neglected, while I sat and watched him, speculating about him in a melancholy way, with a sort of vicarious shame. - "Grey Roses", Henry Harland.
  3. She bore these to the table like a handmaid, but like a delicate and superior handmaid, and it pleased her to constitute herself a delicate and superior handmaid. - "Hilda Lessways", Arnold Bennett.