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abigail (Arch.) a lady's maid.
agentry the office or duties of an agent.
aia an Indian nursemaid.
aide (Fr.) a confidential assistant to a person of senior rank.
ama a native maidservant or child's nurse, esp a wet nurse.
amah (Port.) an Oriental nursemaid.
attendant a servant.
aubergiste (Fr.) an innkeeper.
ayah (Hindi) an Indian nursemaid.
bagwash a laundry service offering basic washing only.
barber one who cuts hair; (verb) to cut hair.
barista a person who makes and sells coffee in a coffee bar.
barkeep (US) a bartender.
barkeeper a bartender.
barmaid a female bartender.
barman a male bartender.
barperson one who serves in a bar.
bartend to keep a bar.
bartender one who tends a bar.
batman an officer's personal servant.
batwoman an officer's female personal attendant.
beachboy a male beach attendant.
beautician a person engaged in hairdressing, facial makeup, manicuring, etc.
beautifier one who beautifies.
bedder one that makes up beds.
bedmaker a person who makes the beds and cleans college rooms at Oxford, etc.
bellboy a pageboy in a hotel or club.
bellhop a pageboy in a hotel or club.
bellman a watchman employed to patrol city streets calling out the hour.
bibliothecary a librarian.
blanchisseuse (Fr.) a laundress.
bodeguero (Spanish) a man who owns or runs a bodega.
bondmaid a female slave or serf.
bondservant a slave.
bondswoman a woman who is a slave, or in bondage.
boniface (Fr.) the proprietor of a hotel, nightclub or restaurant.
bonne (Fr.) a French maid or nursemaid.
bootblack a person whose job is to clean and polish shoes.
bouche (Fr.) the staff of cooks in a large house.
bowerwoman (Arch.) a chamberwoman, a lady's maid.
bullcook a worker in a logging camp.
busboy an assistant waiter.
busgirl an assistant waitress.
busheler one who bushels, mends or alters clothes.
busheller one who bushels, mends and alters men's clothes.
bushelman one who bushels, mends and alters men's clothes.
butle to act as a butler.
butler a male servant in charge of liquors, plate, etc; (verb) to act as a butler.
butlerage the department of a domestic butler.
butlership the office of a butler.
buttle to act as a butler.
candlelighter one who lights the candles for a ceremony.
carhop a waitress at a drive-in restaurant; (verb) to serve at a drive-in restaurant.
chambermaid a maid who makes beds and does general cleaning of bedrooms (as in a hotel).
chaprassi (Urdu) an office messenger, a household attendant.
charlady a woman hired by the hour or day or week to clean rooms in offices or houses.
charwoman a woman hired by the hour or day or week to clean rooms in offices or houses.
chauffeur (Fr.) one who drives car for another; (verb) to drive a car for another.
chauffeuse (Fr.) a female chauffeur; (verb) to act as a chauffeuse.
childminder one who looks after other people's children for money.
chokra (Hindi) a boy; a household or regimental servant.
chokri (Hindi) a girl; a female household or regimental servant.
chuprassy (Urdu) an office messenger, a household attendant.
coiffeur (Fr.) a hairdresser.
coiffeuse (Fr.) a (female) hairdresser.
coistrel (Obs.) an inferior groom or lad employed by an esquire to carry the knight's arms and other necessaries.
coistril (Obs.) an inferior groom or lad employed by an esquire to carry the knight's arms and other necessaries.
commissionaire a uniformed attendant.
concierge (Fr.) one who keeps the entrance to an edifice, public or private.
cookmaid a female servant or maid who dresses provisions and assists the cook.
cosmetician a person who is professionally trained in the use of cosmetics.
cosmetologist a person who gives beauty treatments, as to skin and hair.
coystrel (Obs.) an inferior groom or lad employed by an esquire to carry the knight's arms and other necessaries.
coystril (Obs.) an inferior groom or lad employed by an esquire to carry the knight's arms and other necessaries.
cupbearer a person who attends at a feast to fill and hand out wine cups.
cupper a cupbearer.
curation the work of a curator.
custrel (Hist.) an inferior groom or lad employed by an esquire to carry the knight's arms and other necessaries.
dishwasher a worker employed to wash dishes.
domestic related to the home (noun) a household servant
domestically (Adv.) DOMESTIC, relating to the home.
doorsman a porter, a doorkeeper.
dvornik (Russian) a Russian concierge or porter.
electrologist one who removes body hair.
enserfment the state of being made a serf.
equerry an official who attends upon a member of the royal family.
esne (Hist.) a domestic slave in Old English times.
facialist a beautician who specialises in facial treatments.
factorship the business of a factor.
famulus (Lat.) an assistant, esp to a magician or a scholar.
firefighter a person who fights fires.
flunkey a contemptuous name for a liveried servant or a footman.
flunkeydom the world of flunkeys.
flunkeyish like a flunkey.
flunkeyism the state of being a flunkey.
flunkie a contemptuous name for a liveried servant or a footman.
flunky a contemptuous name for a liveried servant or a footman.
flunkyism the state of being a flunky.
footboy a page, an attendant.
footpage a page, an attendant.
gallerist a person who owns or runs an art gallery.
galopin (Obs.) an errand boy, kitchen boy.
garcon (Fr.) boy, waiter.
ghillie a Highland chief's attendant; (verb) to act as a ghillie.
gillie a Highland chief's attendant; (verb) to act as a gillie.
gilly a Highland chief's attendant; (verb) to act as a gilly.
gorsoon a boy or boy-servant.
gossoon a boy or boy-servant.
gravedigger one who digs graves.
haircutter one who cuts hair.
hairdresser a person whose occupation is the dressing or cutting of hair.
hairstylist a hairdresser.
handmaid a female servant.
handmaiden a personal maid or female servant.
headwaiter the head of the dining-room staff of a restaurant or hotel.
henchman an unscrupulous supporter.
henchperson a henchman or henchwoman.
henchwoman a female henchman.
hostler one who tends horses at an inn.
hotelier (Fr.) a person who runs or owns a hotel.
houseboy a male servant.
housecarl (OE) a household retainer of an Anglo-Saxon leader.
housefather a man in charge of a dormitory, hall, or hostel.
housekeeper a woman employed to keep house.
housemaid a maid employed to keep a house clean, etc.
housemother a woman in charge of children in an institution.
innkeeper a person in charge of an inn.
interpretership the office of interpreter.
janitor (Lat.) a doorkeeper; an attendant or caretaker.
janitorial relating to a janitor.
janitorship the office of janitor.
janitress a female janitor.
janitrix (Lat.) a female janitor.
janny (Coll.) a janitor; (verb) to act as a disguised merrymaker at Christmas.
kennelman a male attendant who looks after dogs.
khansama (Hindi) a house-steward or butler in India.
khansamah (Hindi) a house-steward or butler in India.
khidmutgar (Urdu) a table-servant.
khitmutgar (Urdu) a table-servant.
kitchener a kitchen servant; a cook.
kitchenmaid a maid who works in the kitchen.
lackey a footman or valet; a servile follower; (verb) to serve or attend as a lackey.
lacquey a footman or valet; a servile follower; (verb) to behave or function as a lackey.
larderer one in charge of the larder.
laundrywoman a woman who washes clothes for a living.
liftboy a person who operates a lift.
liftman a person who operates a lift.
linkboy an attendant carrying a link (torch) to light the way in a dark street.
linkman an attendant carrying a link (torch) to light the way in a dark street.
liveryman one who wears a livery, as a servant.
lobbygow an errand boy.
luckie an elderly woman who keeps an alehouse.
luckily (Adv.) LUCKY, fortunate.
lucky fortunate (noun) an elderly woman who keeps an alehouse
maid a female servant; (verb) to work as a maid.
maidservant a female servant.
majordomo an official who has the general management in a large household.
malkin (Dial.) a cat.
manciple the steward of a college or monastery; a purveyor.
manicurist a person who gives manicures.
manservant a male servant.
maormor (Irish) a high-ranking or chief steward.
mawkin (Dial.) a cat.
meiney a family, including servants, etc.; a household.
meinie a family, including servants, etc.; a household.
meiny a family, including servants, etc.; a household.
menial lowly (noun) a domestic servant
menially (Adv.) MENIAL, low.
menyie a family, including servants, etc.; a household.
mormaor (Irish) a high-ranking or chief steward.
motelier the owner or manager of a motel.
mousme (Japanese) a Japanese girl, esp a waitress.
mousmee (Japanese) a Japanese girl, esp a waitress.
nannie a children's nurse; a grandmother.
nanny a children's nurse; a grandmother; (adj.) excessively supervisory; (verb) to look after someone else's children.
nightwatchman a person who keeps watch at night.
nurserymaid one employed to look after small children.
odalisk (Fr.) a female slave; a concubine in a harem.
orderly a male attendant.
ostler one who tends horses at an inn.
ostleress a female ostler.
padrone (Ital.) an innkeeper; an employer.
pageboy a boy attendant.
pagehood the state of being a page.
panter (Shakesp.) the officer in a great family who had charge of the bread and other provisions.
pantler (Shakesp.) the officer in a great family who had charge of the bread and other provisions.
pantrymaid a maid in charge of a pantry.
pantryman one who looks after a pantry.
paperboy a newsboy.
papergirl a female paperboy.
parlourmaid a female servant in a private home who serves at the table, keeps the house clean and answers the door to guests.
patronne (Fr.) a (female) proprietor of a restaurant.
pennyboy an employee whose duties include menial tasks such as running errands.
plateman a man who has the care of silver plate in a hotel, club, etc.
porter one who carries luggage (verb) to work as a porter
porterly like a porter.
portress a female porter.
postmaster one who has charge of a station for the accommodation of travelers; one who supplies post horses.
potboy one who collects up empty glasses in a tavern.
procurator a person who is employed to manage the affairs of another or is authorized to act on behalf of another in any business.
procuratorial of or like a procurator.
receptionist a person employed to greet telephone callers, visitors, patients, or clients.
refectioner the officer in charge of the refectory and its arrangements.
refectorian the officer in charge of the refectory and its arrangements.
restaurateur (Fr.) the operator or proprietor of a restaurant.
restauration the business, skill or art of a restaurateur.
saice (Arabic) a stableman or groom, esp in India.
saucier a chef who makes sauce.
sclave (Obs.) a slave.
scullion a scullery servant, a washer of dishes.
seneschal (Hist.) an agent or steward in charge of a lord's estate in feudal times.
servant someone who is hired to perform service; (verb) to act as servant.
servanthood the state of being a servant.
servantless without servants.
servantry a body of servants; servants, collectively.
servantship the state of being a servant.
serve to work for.
servitor one who serves; a clerk or assistant.
servitress a female servitor.
sewar a medieval servant who supervised the serving of meals.
shebeener one who keeps a shebeen.
shoeblack one who polishes shoes.
sice (Arabic) a stableman or groom, esp in India.
skinker one employed to dispense liquors in a bar, a tapster.
slavey a maidservant.
smallboy a deputy steward in a European household in Africa.
sommelier (Fr.) a wine steward in a restaurant.
stabler one who stables.
steward a person who manages the domestic concerns of a family or institution; (verb) to act as a steward.
stewardess a woman who performs the duties of a steward.
stewardry being a steward.
stewardship the office, duties, and obligations of a steward.
sublibrarian a subordinate librarian.
suivante (Fr.) a waiting woman or confidential maid.
syce (Arabic) a stableman or groom, esp in India.
tapsman a servant in overall charge of others; a chief of a company of drovers.
taverner one who keeps a tavern.
telephonist a telephone switchboard operator.
theow (OE) a slave, a bondman, a thrall.
thraldom servitude.
thralldom servitude.
tirewoman a lady's maid.
trainbearer an attendant who holds up the train of a robe or gown.
trichologist a person who specializes in hair and scalp care.
turnspit a person who turns a roasting spit.
tweenie (Coll.) a between-maid.
tweeny (Coll.) a between-maid.
undertaker one that undertakes.
valet to act as a personal servant to.
varlet (Arch.) a servant, valet.
varletess a female varlet.
vellenage (Spenser) the state of being a villein.
waiter someone who waits; (verb) to work as a waiter.
waiterage service by a waiter.
waiterhood the state of being a waiter.
waitperson a waiter of either sex.
waitress a female waiter; (verb) to work as a waitress.
waitron a waiter or waitress.
waitstaff waiters and waitresses collectively.