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Kitchen maid (domestic worker)

Dutch painting of a young kitchen maid. 19th century or early 20th century.

A kitchen maid or kitchen girl is a young housemaid, or other junior female domestic worker.


In the hierarchy of a great house, the kitchen maid ranked below a cook and above a scullery maid. An experienced kitchen maid is an assistant cook; the position may be compared to that of a chef de partie in a professional kitchen.

An early meaning of "slut" was "kitchen maid or drudge" (c. 1450), a meaning retained as late as the 18th century.[1]

Known kitchen maidsEdit


  1. ^ "slut";
  2. ^ "Why downstairs HATED upstairs: The acerbic memoirs of a Twenties maid reveal what domestic staff REALLY thought of their masters". Daily Mail. 26 February 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2015.