milkmaid n : a woman who works in a dairy [syn: dairymaid]
- A girl or young woman who milked the cows on a farm before milking machines were introduced in the 20th century.
a young woman who milked the cows on a farm
- Arabic: حالِبَه، عامِلَه في ملْبَنَه
- Catalan: lletera
- * Simplified: 挤奶女工
- * Traditional: 擠奶女工
- Croatian: muzilja
- Czech: dojička
- Danish: malkepige
- Dutch: melkmeid , melkmeisje
- Estonian: lüpsja
- Finnish: karjakko
- French: laitière , trayeuse , fille de laiterie
- German: Milchmädchen
- Greek: αρμέχτρα
- Hungarian: fejőlány
- Icelandic: mjaltakona
- Indonesian: pemerah susu
- Italian: lattaia , mungitrice
- Japanese: 乳しぼりの女
- Korean: 젖짜는 여자
- Latvian: slaucēja
- Lithuanian: melžėja
- Norwegian: budeie
- Polish: dojarka , mleczarka
- Portuguese (Brazil): ordenhadora
- Portuguese (Portugal): leiteira
- Romanian: mulgătoare
- Russian: доярка
- Scottish Gaelic: banarach , banchaig , nighean-bhleoghainn
- Slovak: dojička , mliekárka
- Slovenian: molznica
- Spanish: lechera , ordeñadora
- Swedish: mjölkerska , mjölkpiga , mjölkjungfrun
- Turkish: süt sağan kadın
- Welsh: llaethferch
- milkmaid. Dictionary.com. Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary. K Dictionaries Ltd. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/milkmaid (accessed: June 15, 2007).
- ''Note: This article is about the occupation. For the flower, see Cardamine californica.
A milkmaid was historically a woman, usually young, who milked cows and supplied milk. She also prepared the dairy products such as cream, butter, and cheese. The term is not a female equivalent of milkman.
In previous centuries, before vaccination became common, milkmaids were sometimes cited as the example of someone with good skin. This was in part due to the fact that their exposure to cowpox gave them immunity to smallpox, so they did not have the "pockmarked" complexion common to smallpox survivors.
In the context of erotic lactation the name is also given to women who supply milk for sexual purposes.
- The eponymous heroine of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles works as a milkmaid.
- There is a famous painting by Johannes Vermeer entitled The Milkmaid (ca. 1658). Aelbert Cuyp, another Dutch artist, created the drawing known as A Milkmaid (ca. 1640 – 1650).
- One of the fables of Aesop is called “The Milkmaid and Her Pail”.
- The California native flower commonly called Milkmaids is named for its resemblance to the hat often worn by milkmaids.
- Kid Harpoon has a song called Milkmaid; the music video features actress Juno Temple.
AnecdoteElizabeth I is quoted as saying to one of her attendants, “That milkmaid’s lot is better than mine, and her life merrier,” in 1554 during her imprisonment as princess, in which she heard a milkmaid singing while working.
milkmaid in Danish: Malkepige
milkmaid in German: Milchmädchen
milkmaid in Norwegian: Budeie