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janitor

jan·i·tor

janitor

 
 
pronunciation:
jae nih tr
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part of speech: noun
definition: someone employed to clean, make minor repairs to, and take care of a building or the like.
The janitor was still trying to fix the radiator in the classroom when students started to arrive.
synonyms:
custodian
similar words:
caretaker, concierge, super, superintendent
derivation: janitorial (adj.)
Word History
There were janitors 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.
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