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

There was a loud altercation at the hostess station the other evening at the Wilson, a New American restaurant on West Twenty-seventh Street. Emma Allen, The New Yorker, "If Your Goldendoodle Is a Gastronome," 19 Aug. 2019 The hostess suspected that the cocktail crowd would spill over after the concert, but that many of the wanderers would be under-age and wouldn’t be allowed into the bar anyway. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Street Scene got people dancing in the streets in 1984," 18 Aug. 2019 George had said hello to everyone before getting absorbed in our hostess’s children’s video game collection, undaunted by the Arabic slogans that flashed across the scene; games of skill and destruction are a universal language. Andrew Solomon, Condé Nast Traveler, "Traveling Through Jordan’s Historic Ruins, Red Dunes, and Dead Sea," 24 July 2019 The suit, filed Thursday in a federal court in New York, claims the women were working as hostesses at a popular Manhattan restaurant in 2004 when they were recruited to give Epstein massages. Michael R. Sisak, Washington Post, "Medical examiner rules Epstein death a suicide by hanging," 17 Aug. 2019 The suit, filed Thursday in a federal court in New York, claims the women were working as hostesses at a popular Manhattan restaurant in 2004 when they were recruited to give Epstein massages. Michael Balsamo, Time, "Medical Examiner Rules Jeffrey Epstein's Death a Suicide by Hanging," 16 Aug. 2019 The suit, filed Thursday in a federal court in New York, claims the women were working as hostesses at a popular Manhattan restaurant in 2004 when they were recruited to give Epstein massages. Los Angeles Times, "Medical examiner rules Epstein death a suicide by hanging," 16 Aug. 2019 The suit, filed Thursday in a federal court in New York, claims the women were working as hostesses at a popular Manhattan restaurant in 2004 when they were recruited to give Epstein massages. Anchorage Daily News, "Medical examiner rules Epstein death a suicide by hanging," 16 Aug. 2019 The suit, filed Thursday in a federal court in New York, claims the women were working as hostesses at a popular Manhattan restaurant in 2004 when they were recruited to give Epstein massages. CBS News, "Jeffrey Epstein's death ruled a suicide by hanging," 16 Aug. 2019

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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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hostess

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hostess

: 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

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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