hostess

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noun

host·​ess ˈhō-stəs How to pronounce hostess (audio)
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: a woman who entertains socially
2
a
: a woman in charge of a public dining room who seats diners
b
: a female employee on a public conveyance (such 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

hostess

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verb

hostessed; hostessing; hostesses

intransitive verb

: to act as hostess

transitive verb

: to serve as hostess to

Examples of hostess in a Sentence

Noun We were greeted by our hostess. She's the hostess of a popular talk show.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Guests may sample two teas as hostesses dressed in Victorian clothing describe the history of tea and offer instruction on tea etiquette. Joe Rassel, Orlando Sentinel, 11 July 2024 Their stepfather helped build everything wooden, including tables, chairs and a hostess stand. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 11 July 2024
Verb
After all, arriving with a thoughtful gift is the perfect way to say thank you to the host or hostess for their invitation. Anna Popp, Travel + Leisure, 17 Nov. 2023 See all Example Sentences for hostess 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English hostesse, ostesse "woman who receives guests, female innkeeper," borrowed from Anglo-French, from oste, hoste "host, guest" + -esse -ess — more at host entry 1

Verb

derivative of hostess entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1927, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of hostess was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Hostess.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hostess. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

hostess

noun
host·​ess
ˈhō-stəs
: a woman who acts as host
especially : one who greets and provides service for diners in a restaurant or passengers on an airplane or ship
hostess verb
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