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jan·i·tor

janitor

 
pronunciation:
jae nih tr
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part of speech: noun
definition: a person whose work is to clean and take care of a building.
The janitor keeps our school looking nice and clean.
 
synonyms:
custodian
similar words:
caretaker, 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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