meido

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English[edit]

A meido (sense 2) promoting a maid café in Tokyo.

Etymology[edit]

From Japanese メイド (meido, maid, maidservant), from English maid.

Noun[edit]

meido (plural meido or meidos)

  1. (chiefly Japanese fiction) A female fictional character who is employed as a maid, typically wearing a stylized French maid outfit.
    • 2006 13 October, Abraham Evangelista, “Re: Crescent Love - dull new anime”, rec.arts.anime.misc, Usenet:
      I was really struck by how many of the bishoujo cliches it managed to bring up. We already have the older sister, younger sister, childhood friend, and exotic transfer student. We have a genki girl, a ditzy girl, a hime-sama, and a meido.
    • 2008, Kitty Sensei, "Playing pirate", Malaysia Star, 12 October 2008:
      And then there’s Roberta, who seems like a typical meido (maid) character until she pulls out machine guns from her lacy uniform!
    • 2008, Memedi, "Loyal helper", Malaysia Star, 9 November 2008:
      Although this is a manga about maids, don’t expect to see the submissive and fawning maids of the meido category. The protagonist here is a faithful, skilled and courteous maid from the old English society.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see the citations page.
  2. A waitress at a maid café.
    • 2008 9 February, Captain Nerd [username], “Re: "Alien Jones" - "Boss" coffee ads”, rec.arts.anime.misc, Usenet:
      Actually, the two times I was there, it was really quite dull in terms of the people wandering around. The most excitement I saw was that one candidate for Prime Minister giving a van-top speech in front of Akihabara station. Oh, and a demonstration of some RC "Tokyo Drift" toy cars out on the street. No dancing in the streets, only a very few meido (some of questionable gender >__< ), and quite a few gaikokujin.
    • 2009, John Graham-Cumming, The Geek Atlas: 128 Places Where Science and Technology Come Alive, O'Reilly Media (2009), ISBN 9780596523206, page 104:
      These meido attract customers by role-playing the part of a maid, complete with French maid-inspired outfits that are long on fantasy elements and typically short on skirt length.
    • 2012, Dave Tacon, "Dusting off a geek fetish for all things maid in Japan", Sydney Morning Herald, 1 April 2012:
      "I like having conversations with different meidos," he explains, "but Haruki is my favourite because she's friendliest to me."
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      Utena, a meido with pink hair and red plastic horns, recently celebrated her fourth year at Maidolce.

Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

meido

  1. rōmaji reading of めいど
  2. rōmaji reading of メイド