head·​wait·​er ˈhed-ˈwā-tər How to pronounce headwaiter (audio)
: the head of the dining-room staff of a restaurant or hotel

Examples of headwaiter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Assistant headwaiter Eric Matiko makes the best cocktails, like a Highlands buttered rum with rooibos and cinnamon that staves off the chilly evenings. Saumya Ancheri, Condé Nast Traveler, 4 Apr. 2022 Liang Chen, 52, a headwaiter, was setting tables and welcoming his regular customers back as old friends. Anjali Tsui, New York Times, 10 Mar. 2021 Go get the flowers, Casey Kasem.’ She and Tony are the headwaiters. New York Times, 3 Mar. 2020 Many of the notations track information attributed to the headwaiter Leon Gaskill in a 1957 Holiday magazine article, suggesting that Mr. Dewey took his own notes while the reporter interviewed Mr. Gaskill. John Freeman Gill, New York Times, 6 Mar. 2020 According to the Holiday story, the headwaiter was a 51-year veteran of Gage & Tollner at the time, meaning his restaurant memories reached back to the first decade of the 1900s. John Freeman Gill, New York Times, 6 Mar. 2020 The headwaiter looked like a ’tacheless Salvador Dalí and drank a ball of cognac and was sustained. Kevin Barry, Harper's magazine, 28 Oct. 2019 Antonello Tievoli, headwaiter on the Costa Concordia, stepped onto the bridge of the cruise ship at 9:15 pm on Friday, Jan. 13, of this year. Barbara S. Peterson, Popular Mechanics, 14 July 2014 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1714, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of headwaiter was in 1714

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“Headwaiter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headwaiter. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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head·​wait·​er -ˈwāt-ər How to pronounce headwaiter (audio)
: the head of the dining-room staff of a restaurant or hotel

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