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Meaning of maid-in-waiting

maid-in-wait•ing

Pronunciation: (mād'in-wā'ting), [key]
— pl. maids-in-wait•ing.
  1. an unmarried woman who serves as an attendant to a queen or princess; lady-in-waiting.
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