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janitor (ˈdʒænɪtə Pronunciation for janitor

Definitions

noun

  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 feminine noun

Word Origin

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

Synonyms

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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'

Beyond lay what proved to be more of a small utility room than a janitor 's closet.
Smith, Evelyn E Miss Melville Regrets
Even a janitor would think,'I can't believe I'm living like this, in this situation.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2004)
He'd worked as a janitor , a bartender, a night watchman at construction sites, and many more jobs than he can remember.
Globe and Mail (2003)
One day the janitor knocked on our door and Buchi answered it.
Aidan Hartley THE ZANZIBAR CHEST: A Memoir of Love and War (2003)
That was Cherry's doing -- she'd spoken to the janitor last week, and he'd agreed.
Richard Francis PROSPECT HILL (2003)
The white guy simply needed make-up to look like an Iraqi janitor.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
We are still a long way away from a world in which a janitor's pay in London is equal to a janitor 's pay in Mumbai.
Business Today (1999)
When I got to the janitor 's cubbyhole, however, I found it was locked, and I could see no one behind the frosted glass.
Magnus Mills THE SCHEME FOR FULL EMPLOYMENT (2003)

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