- Word History, Word Explorer
|part of speech:
||a person whose work is to clean and take care of a building.
The janitor keeps our school looking nice and clean.
- similar words:
- caretaker, superintendent
There were janitor
s in ancient Rome, but the word "janitor" meant something different then. It meant "doorkeeper." When it entered the English language in the 1500s, "janitor" still meant "doorkeeper.". Its meaning changed over the next 200 years, and by the 1700s was a word for the caretaker of a building.