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janitor (ˈdʒænɪtə Pronunciation for janitor



  1. (Scottish & US & Canadian) the caretaker of a building, esp a school
  2. (mainly US & Canadian) a person employed to clean and maintain a building, esp the public areas in a block of flats or office building; porter

Derived Forms

janitorial (ˌdʒænɪˈtɔːrɪəl Pronunciation for janitorial  adjective
ˈjanitress, ˈjanitrix feminine noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin: doorkeeper, from jānua door, entrance, from jānus covered way (compare Janus1); related to Latin īre to go


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= caretaker, porter, custodian, concierge, doorkeeper

Translations for 'janitor'

  • British English: janitorPronunciation for janitor A janitor is a person whose job is to look after a building....a school janitor.ˈdʒænɪtə NOUN
  • Arabic: حَاجِبٌPronunciation for حَاجِبٌ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: zeladorPronunciation for zelador zeladora
  • Chinese: 看门人Pronunciation for 看门人
  • Croatian: pazikućaPronunciation for pazikuća
  • Czech: domovníkPronunciation for domovník domovnice
  • Danish: pedelPronunciation for pedel
  • Dutch: conciërgePronunciation for conciërge
  • European Spanish: conserjePronunciation for conserje
  • Finnish: talonmiesPronunciation for talonmies
  • French: conciergePronunciation for concierge
  • German: HausmeisterPronunciation for Hausmeister Hausmeisterin
  • Greek: επιστάτηςPronunciation for επιστάτης επιστάτρια
  • Italian: custodePronunciation for custode
  • Japanese: 用務員Pronunciation for 用務員
  • Korean: 수위Pronunciation for 수위문지기
  • Norwegian: vaktmesterPronunciation for vaktmester
  • Polish: woźnyPronunciation for woźny
  • Portuguese: porteiroPronunciation for porteiro porteira
  • Romanian: custode oameni de serviciu
  • Russian: вахтерPronunciation for вахтер вахтерша
  • Spanish: conserjePronunciation for conserje
  • Swedish: vaktmästarePronunciation for vaktmästare
  • Thai: ภารโรงPronunciation for ภารโรง
  • Turkish: bina sorumlusuPronunciation for bina sorumlusu
  • Ukrainian: прибиральник
  • Vietnamese: người trông coiPronunciation for người trông coi

Example Sentences Including 'janitor'

That was Cherry's doing -- she'd spoken to the janitor last week, and he'd agreed.
Richard Francis PROSPECT HILL (2003)
Beyond lay what proved to be more of a small utility room than a janitor 's closet.
Smith, Evelyn E Miss Melville Regrets
When I got to the janitor 's cubbyhole, however, I found it was locked, and I could see no one behind the frosted glass.


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