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janitor


noun

  1. a person employed in an apartment house, office building, school, etc., to clean the public areas, remove garbage, and do minor repairs; caretaker.
  2. Archaic. a doorkeeper or porter.

verb (used without object)

  1. to be employed as a janitor.

noun

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

1580s, “an usher in a school,” later “doorkeeper” (1620s), from Latin ianitor “doorkeeper, porter,” from ianua “door, entrance, gate,” from ianus “arched passageway, arcade” (see Janus) + agent suffix -tor. Meaning “caretaker of a building” first recorded 1708.

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