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)

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When the airlines was still young in 1957, American opened a stewardess college to train its flight attendants, and flight attendants from all over the country would come and stay and train there. Carla Jimenez, star-telegram, "The new American Airlines headquarters will have a 600-room hotel at the heart of its campus," 4 June 2019 That's when the stewardess said, 'Is there any medical professionals on the aircraft? Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Woman on American Airlines flight saved by doctor from same hospital where she was going to get treatment," 2 Oct. 2018 The female stewardess, who was not identified, was grounded by her employer after a 75-second clip of the video hit the Internet, The Mirror reported. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "British Airways suspends flight attendant over racy video of her stripping off tights, smelling them," 21 Aug. 2018 But, somewhere out there, there’s an air stewardess who’s been keeping some major secrets, as Kensington Palace reportedly sent a letter to Air Canada staff beforehand, requesting no pictures or approaches from the public during Meghan’s flight. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Flew Commercial For a Secret Three Day Solo Trip to Toronto to See Best Friend Jessica Mulroney," 31 Aug. 2018 A few more words were exchanged, but the stewardess didn't budge. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Grieving Sisters Missed Their Father's Last Moments After They Were Kicked Off a Flight," 6 Jan. 2017 After Williams' death in 2014, Phoenix was tapped to play Callahan, who readjusts to life in a wheelchair alongside his new stewardess girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and spiritual AA sponsor (Jonah Hill). Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Gus Vant Sant Opens Up on How Robin Williams Shaped 'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot'," 12 July 2018 On April 20, Morrison was acquitted of his assault charge in federal court based on evidence provided by Continental Airlines stewardess Sherry Ann Mason. Ashleigh R Wilson, azcentral, "Yes, it really happened on an airport tarmac in metro Phoenix," 29 July 2016 Born in Minden, La., in 1916, Harmon began her career at Delta at age 24 in 1940 as a member of the carrier's first-class stewardesses, and primarily worked on the 21-seat aircraft DC-3. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Delta throws 102nd birthday party for pioneering flight attendant, WWII vet," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of stewardess

1631, in the meaning defined above

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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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