steward

noun
stew·​ard | \ ˈstü-ərd How to pronounce steward (audio) , 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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Improvements his administration made to transportation infrastructure in Sao Paulo along with a drug reduction program helped give him a reputation of a modernizing and competent steward. Mauricio Savarese, The Seattle Times, "Lula da Silva’s party chooses Plan B in Brazil race," 6 Aug. 2018 Management no longer recognizes union stewards and is forcing all activities to go through Young. Moriah Balingit, Washington Post, "Workers accuse Trump administration, DeVos of union-busting," 28 Mar. 2018 Grayson - From the Middle English word that meant steward plus son. Nancy Daly, Cincinnati.com, "Winter Storm Liam, you are one mean weather disturbance," 7 Feb. 2018 At that point, Norwegian informed the Federal Investigation Bureau of the incident and both the steward and the minor were interviewed. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "A 12-year-old was asleep when a cruise steward came in. It was sexual assault, she said," 11 Jan. 2018 The next steward of the building is the right one for its future. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "Michigan Central Depot is a towering symbol of Detroit’s blight. Ford just bought it.," 11 June 2018 Some of the deacons are women and the head of the steward board is a woman. Corey Williams, Fox News, "For black women at church, it's more than the Aretha eulogy," 9 Sep. 2018 There will be a garden stewards workshop on Tuesday, June 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Youth Garden located in Crandall Park, 120 Cider Mill Road. Courant Community, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 5 June 2018 One of the bills would require local governments to grant time off to union shop stewards. Adam Ashton, sacbee, "California unions want to keep anti-labor activists from meeting new teachers and cops," 4 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Here’s betting that Viard will steward Chanel for at least the next few seasons. Jessica Iredale, Town & Country, "Virginie Viard, Karl Lagerfeld's Secret Weapon, Succeeds Him at Chanel," 19 Feb. 2019 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

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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

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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 How to pronounce steward (audio) , 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

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