[jan-i-ter] /ˈdʒæn ɪ tər/
a person employed in an apartment house, office building, school, etc., to clean the public areas, remove garbage, and do minor repairs; caretaker.
Archaic. a doorkeeper or porter.
verb (used without object)
to be employed as a janitor.
(Scot & US, Canadian) the caretaker of a building, esp a school
(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
1869, from janitor + -ial.
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.
[jan-i-tris] /ˈdʒæn ɪ trɪs/ noun 1. a woman who is a .
[jan-uh-ser-ee] /ˈdʒæn əˌsɛr i/ noun, plural janissaries. 1. (often initial capital letter) a member of an elite military unit of the Turkish army organized in the 14th century and abolished in 1826 after it revolted against the Sultan. 2. (often initial capital letter) any soldier in the Turkish army. 3. a member of any group […]
/ˈdʒænˌdʒəwɪd/ noun 1. an armed tribal militia group in the Darfur region of western Sudan
verb To maneuver an airplane about evasively; jack, jink: I was janking when I got hit Related Terms jink [Vietnam War Air Force; perhaps fr jink and jank on the model of zig and zag]