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 My parents both were raised to be stewards of nature; my father harvesting tobacco and olives, and mules were used as transport in the groves. Marlo Safi, National Review, "The American Art of Obsessing over Your Pets," 24 Aug. 2019 Country House was declared the winner after Maximum Security was disqualified following a review by race stewards. Washington Post, "Churchill Downs presents plan to offer winter racing," 6 Sep. 2019 As with most new standards, its stewards say that Wi-Fi 6 will ultimately make our tech lives better and faster. Wired, "Wi-Fi 6 Will Be Here Soon. What Is It?," 29 Aug. 2019 The crowd sang along to live gospel music and listened to short lectures from volunteers on how to be better stewards of the plant. Laura Garcia,, "San Antonio Archbishop takes on climate change, urges protection for city’s historic missions," 8 Sep. 2019 The company also makes a stainless steel wine tumbler, which Cohen takes on planes and gives to the steward to fill, and a 12-ounce coffee mug. Elizabeth Mayhew, Washington Post, "How to cut down on single-use plastics at home," 20 Aug. 2019 Crassus educated them to fulfill various roles such as secretaries, goldsmiths, stewards, and servants. Andrea Frediani, National Geographic, "Money was not enough for Crassus, the richest man in Rome," 11 June 2019 Adams and his team — including partner (and Abigail Hall steward) Jen Quist, chef de cuisine Ricky Bella and bar manager Daniel Osborne — are leading proponents of the Keep It Simple, Stupid (K.I.S.S.) school of restaurants. oregonlive, "Downtown Portland’s Bullard blends Oregon produce, Texas smoke," 16 Sep. 2019 The Door County Land Trust is steward to a number of scenic spots that can be tricky to find, but always worth the effort. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "Keys to Door County: food, hikes and spectacular sunsets," 14 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 For now, the Red Sox are being led by a committee of front-office members, much as was the case when four members of the front office stewarded the team after Theo Epstein’s Halloween 2005 departure., "With Dave Dombrowski out, who’s in charge of the team fielded by the Red Sox?," 10 Sep. 2019 Although Ito stewarded MIT’s lab, his work and legacy in the crypto community have largely passed under the radar. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Jeffrey Epstein’s bitcoin intrigue deserves scrutiny at MIT," 12 Sep. 2019 Those seven land trusts are stewarding 364 homes and 12 commercial spaces for nonprofits or other groups, Winters said, with another 612 housing units in the pipeline for development over the next three years. Erin Baldassari, The Mercury News, "People power: A growing number of groups are flipping the Bay Area’s insane housing market on its head," 25 Aug. 2019 In less than a year, a nascent Oakland organization grew from a small staff with some bright ideas and a website into group that is stewarding two properties for permanently affordable housing, with plans to soon acquire a third. Erin Baldassari, The Mercury News, "People power: A growing number of groups are flipping the Bay Area’s insane housing market on its head," 25 Aug. 2019 My limited understanding mirrored media depictions that show empty lands or pristine wildlife, a narrative that emphasizes a vast, untouched wilderness without the people who’ve long stewarded the lands. Maia Wikler, Teen Vogue, "I Traveled to the Arctic to Witness Climate Disaster Firsthand," 17 July 2019 The entity will be tasked with helping to manage the transformation and stewarding the school’s 53-acre campus to ensure that its new residents hold to this vision after the college is dissolved. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "The College That Became a Prison," 12 July 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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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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