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hostess

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noun host·ess \ ˈhō-stəs \

Definition of hostess

1 :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

Examples of hostess in a Sentence

  1. We were greeted by our hostess.

  2. She's the hostess of a popular talk show.

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First Known Use of hostess

14th century


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hostess

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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

1927


HOSTESS Defined for English Language Learners

hostess

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noun

Definition of hostess for English Language Learners

  • : 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


HOSTESS Defined for Kids

hostess

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noun host·ess \ ˈhō-stəs \

Definition of hostess for Students

:a woman who receives or entertains guests

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