stew·​ard·​ess ˈstü-ər-dəs How to pronounce stewardess (audio)
: 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 Chastain — a yacht stewardess who starred alongside Rosbach on six seasons of Below Deck before exiting the show in February 2020 — first announced her pregnancy in December. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 17 Oct. 2023 Chief stewardess Aesha Scott quickly alerted Chambers, who then removed Jones from the boat for the night and terminated his employment the following morning. Kelly Martinez, Peoplemag, 5 Sep. 2023 Östlund’s shots, which switch between multiple perspectives—from within the helicopter, then from the vantage of the speedboat, then tracking the stewardess carrying the goods—showcase the director’s baroque efforts to make his film, seemingly with no expense spared. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 28 Oct. 2022 In this second spinoff, Jack Tripper falls in love with stewardess Vicky Bradford (Mary Cadorette) and proposes. Terri Robertson, Country Living, 27 Aug. 2023 The Japanese Yayoi applies for a job as a stewardess for the new Sabena Tokyo line. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 27 July 2023 Following the airing of the incident, Below Deck Mediterranean's Captain Sandy Yawn praised her fellow captain and Scott (who previously was a stewardess on Med) for their support of Margot and handling of the situation. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 9 Aug. 2023 Coming up in season 4, chief stewardess Daisy Kelliher hooks up with chief engineer Colin Macrae. Dory Jackson, Peoplemag, 17 Apr. 2023 Once installed in a full-time job as a Pan Am stewardess, a woman suddenly had access to an endless parade of new experiences: dinner parties in Monrovia, nights at the Phoenicia InterContinental hotel in Beirut, holidays in the Philippines, shopping in Paris. Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1631, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stewardess was in 1631

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“Stewardess.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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stew·​ard·​ess ˈst(y)ü-ərd-əs How to pronounce stewardess (audio)
: a woman who does the job of a steward
especially : one who attends the needs of passengers (as on an airplane)
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