Definition of janitor in English:



North American
  • A caretaker or doorkeeper of a building.

    • ‘Fitzgerald himself worked as a janitor and doorman to help pay for college and Harvard Law School.’
    • ‘They took jobs with low pay and little advancement potential, working as busboys, waiters, gardeners, janitors, and domestic help in cities.’
    • ‘The New York contract, covering 33,000 janitors, doormen, elevator operators and other maintenance workers, expires on April 21.’
    • ‘Out of the corners come the shadowy shapes of the janitors, to sweep the pamphlets, trinkets, and candy wrappers from the floors and tables of the rapidly emptying room.’
    • ‘That was the toughest time in my life, when I was living with a family and we had to get a job together, so the entire family were janitors and security guards.’
    caretaker, custodian, porter, concierge, doorkeeper, doorman, steward, warden, watchman
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Mid 16th century from Latin, from janua ‘door’.