noun host·ess \ˈhōs-təs\

: a woman who is entertaining guests socially or as a job

: a woman whose job it is to greet and help people in a restaurant or on an airplane or ship

: a woman who talks to guests on a television or radio show

Full Definition of HOSTESS

:  a woman who entertains socially
a :  a woman in charge of a public dining room who seats diners
b :  a female employee on a public conveyance (as an airplane) who manages the provisioning of food and attends passengers
c :  a woman who acts as a partner or companion to male patrons in a dance hall or bar

Examples of HOSTESS

  1. We were greeted by our hostess.
  2. She's the hostess of a popular talk show.

First Known Use of HOSTESS

14th century

Other Job Terms

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Definition of HOSTESS

intransitive verb
:  to act as hostess
transitive verb
:  to serve as hostess to

First Known Use of HOSTESS

HOSTESS Defined for Kids


noun host·ess \ˈhō-stəs\

Definition of HOSTESS for Kids

:  a woman who receives or entertains guests


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