stew·​ard·​ess | \ ˈstü-ər-dəs How to pronounce stewardess (audio) , ˈstyü-; ˈst(y)u̇r-dəs \

Definition of stewardess

: a woman who performs the duties of a steward especially : one who attends passengers (as on an airplane)

Examples of stewardess in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Act One: Bobby, the man, tries to get April, the stewardess, to come back to bed but fails. Jesse Green, New York Times, "It’s Not the Music. It’s Not the Lyrics. It’s the Drama.," 12 Mar. 2020 Standing in baggage claim in Belgium, John first brought chocolate only to receive more tears; then flowers and more tears; finally, a little stewardess doll, and yes, even more tears. Holly Gleason, cleveland, "Down on the beach, the sandman sleeps: Sweet dreams, John Prine," 9 Apr. 2020 Virginia Wheeler Martin -- Ginny, as she was known to her friends -- graduated from Medina High School in 1945, graduated from Miami University and was Medina’s first airline stewardess. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Medina Library opens family history and high-tech learning center," 9 Dec. 2019 Lee Rosbach, prefers a deckhand or stewardess to work through the end of a charter. Alyssa Haak, Marie Claire, "How Real Is Bravo's 'Below Deck'?," 11 Nov. 2019 Signs are looking good so far—Weber has a strong connection to his family (his brother and dad are pilots and his mom was a stewardess) and a smart, low-key, empathetic energy. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "What Happens On 'The Bachelor' During Peter Weber's Season?," 18 Sep. 2019 Former stewardesses are flight attendants and councilmen are councilv members. Dorothy Dworkin,, "The singular ‘they’ | Opinion," 17 Oct. 2019 Back then, most either got married, or became teachers, nurses, secretaries, or stewardesses. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "I Was a Flight Attendant During the Golden Age of Travel," 6 June 2019 On Monday’s episode of Below Deck Mediterranean, stewardess Anastasia Surmava finally decided to step down as temporary chef, leaving Captain Sandy Yawn to hire a replacement. Dave Quinn,, "Chef Ben Robinson Makes Surprise Return to Below Deck Mediterranean: It's 'Surreal'," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of stewardess

1631, in the meaning defined above

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22 May 2020

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“Stewardess.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stewardess

somewhat old-fashioned : a woman whose job is to serve meals and take care of passengers on a train, airplane, or ship


stew·​ard·​ess | \ ˈstü-ər-dəs How to pronounce stewardess (audio) , ˈstyü- \

Kids Definition of stewardess

: a woman who looks after passengers (as on an airplane or ship)

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