hostess

noun
host·​ess | \ ˈhō-stəs How to pronounce hostess (audio) \

Definition of hostess

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a woman who entertains socially
2a : 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

verb
hostessed; hostessing; hostesses

Definition of hostess (Entry 2 of 2)

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 Two people, a hostess and chef, were on board at the time the boat sank, Lycke told CBS News. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, 9 May 2022 New books this month are out of this world, almost literally, with a fun memoir from a former air hostess and a couple of knockout fantasy and horror titles. Washington Post, 1 May 2022 And the Japanese hostess culture, there was so much. Jeff Ewing, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 The resident strongwoman, Luella Lynne, dressed like a game-show hostess in a shimmering sequin dress and high heels, proceeded to bend steel bars and break shackles with her bare hands, with nary a bead of sweat. David Hill, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 As the proverbial woman behind the most powerful man on earth, the first lady plays an often undefined role as political ally, emissary, hostess and, in some cases, arbiter of style. Cathy Whitlock, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Apr. 2022 Thomas Jefferson's daughter with his late wife served as hostess and informal first lady during his presidency. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 17 Apr. 2022 For the calm seeker: This hostess gift acknowledges that entertaining, however fun, takes work—and this bundle (aside from your excellent company) is the reward. Aleksandra Crapanzano, Bon Appétit, 22 Nov. 2021 Pair this set with a favorite tea and some jam or preserves for a comforting holiday or hostess gift. Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of hostess

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1927, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for hostess

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 3

Verb

derivative of hostess entry 1

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

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Last Updated

16 May 2022

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“Hostess.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hostess. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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hostess

noun
host·​ess | \ ˈhō-stəs How to pronounce hostess (audio) \

Kids Definition of hostess

: a woman who receives or entertains guests

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