houseman

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From house +‎ man.

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Noun[edit]

houseman (plural housemen)

  1. (now chiefly US) A male follower or retainer; a male domestic worker or servant. [from 17th c.]
  2. (chiefly UK) A medical graduate gaining practical experience in a hospital; a house officer. [from 1920s]
    • 2000, JG Ballard, Super-Cannes, Fourth Estate 2011, p. 184:
      A young houseman wearing his white coat and name-tag walked past us towards the apartment houses beside the lake.

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