Janitor meaning

jănĭ-tər
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One who attends to the maintenance or cleaning of a building.
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The custodian of a building, who maintains the heating system, does routine repairs, general cleaning, etc.
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The definition of a janitor is someone in charge of cleaning a building and doing routine repairs.

An example of a janitor is a person who cleans up a school building.

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A doorman.
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(now rare) A doorman or doorkeeper.
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(chiefly US) Someone who looks after the maintenance and cleaning of a public building.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
janitor
Plural:
janitors

Origin of janitor

  • Latin iānitor doorkeeper from iānua door from iānus archway ei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin ianitor (doorkeeper)

    From Wiktionary