janitorial /jan'i tawr"ee euhl, -tohr"-/, adj.
/jan"i teuhr/, n.
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.
3. to be employed as a janitor.
[1575-85; < L janitor doorkeeper, equiv. to jani- (comb. form of janus doorway, covered passage) + -tor -TOR]

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