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Charwoman

CHARWOMAN, one who is hired to do occasional household work. "Char" or "chare," which forms the first part of the word, is common, in many forms, to Teutonic languages, meaning a "turn," and, in this original sense, is seen in "ajar," properly "on char," of a door "on the turn" in the act of closing. It is thus applied to a "turn of work," an odd job, and is so used, in the form "chore," in America, and in dialects of the south-west of England.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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