steward

noun
stew·​ard | \ ˈstü-ərd, ˈstyü-; ˈst(y)u̇rd\

Definition of steward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one employed in a large household or estate to manage domestic concerns (such as the supervision of servants, collection of rents, and keeping of accounts)
3 : a fiscal agent
4a : an employee on a ship, airplane, bus, or train who manages the provisioning of food and attends passengers
b : one appointed to supervise the provision and distribution of food and drink in an institution
5 : one who actively directs affairs : manager

steward

verb
stewarded; stewarding; stewards

Definition of steward (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to act as a steward for : manage

intransitive verb

: to perform the duties of a steward

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of steward in a Sentence

Noun

the steward of their investments teaching our children to be good stewards of the land the steward of the estate The race stewards are reviewing the results.

Verb

will steward the city's library programs
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The BJP’s opposition was quick to chime in, saying the new numbers disproved the Modi administration’s claim to be better stewards of the economy. Eric Bellman, WSJ, "Slower GDP Growth Challenges Modi Ahead of Indian Elections," 29 Aug. 2018 Sellers want to be good stewards of their homes and neighborhoods. Marni Jameson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "10 tips for first-time homebuyers," 19 Apr. 2018 Seeing the peril that our planet is in sharply and starkly by getting a glimpse of the future would spark us into action to be better stewards. David Freeman /, NBC News, "10 top science minds tell what strange new body part they'd like to have," 28 Jan. 2018 When does society take a step back from its obsession with competitive sports to consider the damage being done by the systemic indifference and strategic negligence of some of its stewards? Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Latest scandal at Michigan State shows lessons of Penn State not yet learned | Tim Sullivan," 27 Jan. 2018 But luckily, stewards from the Internet Archive have been slowly resurrecting those millions of faulty links, using a software robot to replace 404'd pages with archived versions using the Wayback Machine. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Millions of Old, Broken Wikipedia Links Have Been Brought Back to Life," 2 Oct. 2018 One friend from naval academy days recalls John reacted to seeing an upperclassman verbally abuse a steward. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of George W. Bush's Eulogy for John McCain," 1 Sep. 2018 The stewards conducted an inquiry into the start before ruling both RAMONA LOVER and ALL NET were responsible for their own trouble. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Los Alamitos dealing with small fields," 9 July 2018 But voters always have concerns about whether property taxes are unaffordably high and whether the district is a wise steward of public dollars, Tymchuk said. Betsy Hammond, OregonLive.com, "Beaverton schools counting on voters to re-up $30M yearly levy for 300 teachers," 7 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Although seemingly separate endeavors, everything de Broglie champions—the tomato conservancy, micro-farm, Deyrolle, and his activism—all serve as vehicles to steward the beauty of the world for the next generation. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "How a French Prince Is Saving the World From Tasteless Tomatoes," 17 Sep. 2018 Nelson Chai, most recently the CEO of insurance firm The Warranty Group, will be tasked with stewarding the company’s initial public offering Uber executives have slated for late 2019. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "Uber has finally hired a CFO — who has his work cut out for him," 21 Aug. 2018 The event benefits the Great Land Trust, an organization whose mission is to conserve and steward local lands and waterways. Yoshina Okamoto, Anchorage Daily News, "Celebrating summer solstice: Here are parties and events around Alaska," 21 June 2018 Because of nuclear test bans, the only legit way to stop worrying and learn to steward the bomb supply is to simulate—on a supercomputer—what’s going on inside. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Cosmic Ray Showers Crash Supercomputers. Here's What to Do About It," 4 June 2018 Oswalt helped steward the book’s completion, with the help of a journalist, Billy Jensen, and a researcher, Paul Haynes. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "She stalked the Golden State Killer until she died. Some think her work led to the suspect’s arrest.," 26 Apr. 2018 The club steward reportedly locked the food in the pantry and refused to serve them. William Stadiem, Town & Country, "Can Harvard's Storied Final Clubs Resist the Tides of Change?," 2 Aug. 2016 Duffy notes that social media specialists’ roles are not simply to steward a brand’s presence on social media, but to act as a personal round-the-clock ambassador for the brand. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "How Social Media Became a Pink Collar Job," 26 May 2018 Grizzlies have been stewarded successfully in Greater Yellowstone without hunting for four decades. National Geographic, "Yellowstone-Area Grizzly Bears to Be Hunted for First Time in Decades," 24 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'steward.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of steward

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1621, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for steward

Noun

Middle English, from Old English stīweard, from stī, stig hall, sty + weard ward — more at sty, ward

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about steward

Statistics for steward

Last Updated

31 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for steward

The first known use of steward was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for steward

steward

noun

English Language Learners Definition of steward

: a person and especially a man whose job is to serve meals and take care of passengers on a train, airplane, or ship

: someone who protects or is responsible for money, property, etc.

: a person whose job is to manage the land and property of another person

steward

noun
stew·​ard | \ ˈstü-ərd, ˈstyü-\

Kids Definition of steward

1 : a manager of a very large home, an estate, or an organization
2 : a person employed to manage the supply and distribution of food and look after the needs of passengers (as on an airplane or ship)

steward

noun
stew·​ard

Legal Definition of steward

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on steward

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with steward

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for steward

Spanish Central: Translation of steward

Nglish: Translation of steward for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of steward for Arabic Speakers

Comments on steward

What made you want to look up steward? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

tremendous in size, volume, or degree

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!