noun, plural char·wom·en.

  1. a woman hired to do general cleaning, especially in an office or large house.

noun plural -women

  1. British a woman who is hired to clean, tidy, etc, in a house or office

1590s, from Middle English char, cherre “turn of work” (see chore) + woman. An Alicia Charwoman appears in the Borough of Nottingham records in 1379.

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