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


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 And Bong has been a generous steward of the title of It Director. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Oscars 2020 Spotlight: The Directors," 6 Feb. 2020 That is good government and being a good steward of taxpayer money. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's a closer look at the candidates running for the District 4 aldermanic seat in Franklin," 29 Jan. 2020 Second steward is Simone Mashile and third stew is Courtney Skippon. Johnny Diaz,, "No fan of retirement: Bravo’s Captain Lee Rosbach sails into 7th season of ‘Below Deck’," 16 Oct. 2019 No tipping of waitstaff, bartenders, or stewards is required on Azamara, Crystal Cruises, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Paul Gauguin Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, SeaDream Yacht Club, and Silversea Cruises. Elissa Garay, Condé Nast Traveler, "Everything You Need to Know About Tipping on a Cruise," 2 Oct. 2019 But when her loyal steward (John Rothman) finally convinces her that all this liberality has left her broke, and her creditors’ minions come calling with bills, her world and her illusions collapse. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Shakespeare’s ‘Timon’ Gets an Occupy Athens Makeover," 19 Jan. 2020 Police are present at the Etihad Stadium on match days and stewards, who are employed by City, can potentially call on their help. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Premier League: Racist and homophobic incidents tarnish 'best league in the world'," 10 Dec. 2019 Some are motivated by religion, and want to be good stewards of the Earth. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "Small farms are dying. This plow-free plan could help save them.," 12 Dec. 2019 The only remaining Labour supporters are the twin barmen, Steve and John Sneddon, and their father James, a former shop-steward in the brickworks who sits in the lounge area with a rug over his knees. The Economist, "Scotland’s three-dimensional election," 30 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To steward such a machine would take observation and continuous operation over decades and centuries. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "This Guy Is Pretty Sure His Time Machine Would Work," 6 Jan. 2020 Regardless of the exact technical specifications, though, a digital yuan stewarded by the PBOC could provide the Chinese government with unfettered access to its people’s finances. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "What China could gain from a digital yuan," 19 Sep. 2019 The Agnellis are often dubbed Italy’s royal family, and have stewarded Fiat and its offshoots since paterfamilias Giovanni Agnelli founded the carmaker 120 years ago. Alex Webb | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "How Can Berlusconi’s Mediaset Stay Italian? By Becoming Dutch," 10 June 2019 These acts of kindness are a symbol of stewarding God’s gift of grace. Madeline Mitchell,, "'How are you being like Jesus in the world?' Church hands out checks to congregation," 21 Oct. 2019 The National Study on Congregations’ Economic Practices aims to understand the efficiencies in place that make the most of that money, and how religious leaders steward those gifts while serving their members and communities at large. Denise Coffey,, "St. James Participates In National Study," 23 Sep. 2019 Travel for good Vancouver exists on the unceded territories of First Nations, who hold long-term relationships with their lands and have stewarded local environments since time immemorial. Lauren Eckert, National Geographic, "See Vancouver like a Nat Geo Explorer," 27 June 2019 Some don't trust the social media company to steward such an ambitious project because of its history of privacy violations and having its platform co-opted by foreign trolls most notoriously aiming to interfere in US elections. Clare Duffy, CNN, "Facebook says Libra is out of its control. But Libra's overseers are a web of Silicon Valley insiders," 29 Sep. 2019 Her biggest challenge will be to steward the lender out of state ownership. Fortune, "A Woman Is Finally Running One of Britain’s Big Banks," 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of steward


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


1621, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for steward


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

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12 Feb 2020

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“Steward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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


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)



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