head·​wait·​er | \ ˈhed-ˈwā-tər How to pronounce headwaiter (audio) \

Definition of headwaiter

: the head of the dining-room staff of a restaurant or hotel

Examples of headwaiter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Liang Chen, 52, a headwaiter, was setting tables and welcoming his regular customers back as old friends. Anjali Tsui, New York Times, "Closing of Beloved Dim Sum Hall Leaves a ‘Crater’ in Reeling Chinatown," 10 Mar. 2021 Go get the flowers, Casey Kasem.’ She and Tony are the headwaiters. New York Times, "‘Writers & Lovers,’ by Lily King: An Excerpt," 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, "Found in the Attic at Gage & Tollner: Historic Treasure," 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, "Found in the Attic at Gage & Tollner: Historic Treasure," 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, "No. 13 Baby," 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, "What Went Wrong on the Costa Concordia," 14 July 2014

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First Known Use of headwaiter

1714, in the meaning defined above

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“Headwaiter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headwaiter. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of headwaiter

: a waiter who is in charge of other waiters in a restaurant


head·​wait·​er | \ ˈhed-ˈwā-tər How to pronounce headwaiter (audio) \

Kids Definition of headwaiter

: the head of the staff of a restaurant

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