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


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


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.


will steward the city's library programs
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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,, "Beaverton schools counting on voters to re-up $30M yearly levy for 300 teachers," 7 May 2018 Meanwhile, a steward for the New York Gaming Commission told the Daily Racing Form there were no plans to interview Geroux about his tactics. Childs Walker,, "Questions raised about Belmont race strategy of second Baffert-trained horse, Restoring Hope," 11 June 2018 Vicious maybe, but Meyers did it with panache, and proved to be the right steward for what was, laughs and personal attacks aside, a more earnest-than-usual evening for the Globes, a show known for its almost-anything-could-happen vibe. Ellen Gray,, "Golden Globes winners: Seth Meyers, Oprah, viewers tired of Trump jokes," 7 Jan. 2018 What visitors discovered, however, was how gardens - like people - are continually changing and how their stewards regularly infuse them with new life. Joan Hunt, Courant Community, "Dynamic Webb House Garden: More Than Just A Pretty Face," 3 July 2018 This summer and next, the building’s stewards will undertake an unusually hefty $4 million in upgrades and repairs, with even more ambitious work to come later, thanks to a new plan approved by the Academy board this week. Peter Dobrin,, "Academy of Music is replacing its lumpy old seats - and, no, you're not getting cup holders," 12 July 2018 But with the court system only slightly slower than the stewards evaluating a tight photo finish, it’s unlikely there will be any final resolution any time soon. John Cherwa,, "Racing! CHRB ready to tackle Golden Gate issue," 12 July 2018 The staff had run out of the pink-and-purple wristbands that would allow exiting fans to re-enter the grounds, one steward explained. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Wimbledon Has a New Doubles Event: Tennis and the World Cup," 7 July 2018 Glory departed Miami on Saturday and was at sea en route to Cozumel on Sunday afternoon when a hotel steward on the ship spotted the Norwegian crew member floating in the water, Carnival says. USA TODAY, "Miracle at sea: Man plunges from one cruise ship, rescued by another," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Visitors will be helped by a team of 140 Royal Borough ambassadors who have volunteered to help steward the event and assist visitors throughout the day. Katie Nicholl, Vanities, "Royal Wedding: All the Date, Time, and Streaming Info a Royal-Obsessive Needs," 11 May 2018 Uber, which hasn’t had a CFO since 2015, needs a finance head to help steward an initial public offering planned for 2019. Greg Bensinger, WSJ, "Uber Stumbles in Lengthy CFO Search Ahead of IPO," 11 May 2018

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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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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, 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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