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stew·​ard ˈstü-ərd How to pronounce steward (audio)
: 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)
: a fiscal agent
: an employee on a ship, airplane, bus, or train who manages the provisioning of food and attends passengers
: one appointed to supervise the provision and distribution of food and drink in an institution
: one who actively directs affairs : manager


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stewarded; stewarding; stewards

transitive verb

: to act as a steward for : manage

intransitive verb

: to perform the duties of a steward

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
In her new role, Sapire will serve as the creative steward for Disney Junior content, including development, current and acquired programming for both linear and streaming. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Nov. 2022 Gertie seems similarly devoted and cold-eyed — a perfect steward for Puck, as goats don’t want human pals anyway, but adversaries (who love them). John Hodgman, New York Times, 20 Oct. 2022 Video games were a trusty cultural steward for a lot of their childhood, but both fellows now are more of dilettantes in the space. Wired, 19 July 2022 If drivers have a complaint or concern, they are encouraged to talk to their union steward or station supervisor and if a security incident occurs on a bus, the driver is advised by MCTS to contact Dispatch. Journal Sentinel, 8 Nov. 2022 Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk is joining as a brand steward. Frederick Dreier, Outside Online, 7 Nov. 2022 Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, who has 10 gold medals from the X Games, was named a brand steward for the competition. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, 26 Oct. 2022 And pro skateboarding legend Tony Hawk will join the X Games investor group as a brand steward on its advisory board. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Oct. 2022 Sources told Reuters that Hu was approached by two steward and led off the congress' main stage, with video reportedly showing the aides attempting to pull him from his seat. Justin Klawans, The Week, 22 Oct. 2022
In 1987, alarmed by the park’s deterioration, local volunteers formed the Downing Park Planning Committee to steward the property. Jane Margolies, New York Times, 26 Oct. 2022 These days, 15 federally recognized Tribes continue to steward the lands within Sequoia and Kings Canyon. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 1 Nov. 2022 Brian Hoyer took a big hit from Rashan Gary and left the game with a head injury in the first quarter, with third-string rookie Bailey Zappe left to steward the offense. Amin Touri,, 2 Oct. 2022 Dairyland was formed to steward Wisconsin's treasured hamburger and frozen custard culture, according to its website. Bob Dohr, Journal Sentinel, 22 Sep. 2022 Christian-college leaders often face an unresolvable tension, being called to steward their institution’s policies—and follow denominational guidelines—while also trying to empathize with their L.G.B.T.Q. friends and colleagues. Emma Green, The New Yorker, 30 June 2022 Partnerships between the various government agencies that steward the forest and manage emergencies and the private sector are of paramount importance., 23 June 2022 But harvest restrictions are the main tool the Maryland Department of Natural Resources can use to steward the blue crab population because its health depends largely on fluctuations in nature. Scott Dance, Baltimore Sun, 28 June 2022 Known locally as La Floresta, the USFS is often seen as a feudal lord, a faraway government entity that has accumulated vast holdings with little idea of how to properly steward them or enough funds to do the job. Alicia Inez Guzmán For Searchlight Nm, Rolling Stone, 8 June 2022 See More

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Word History



Middle English, from Old English stīweard, from stī, stig hall, sty + weard ward — more at sty, ward

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1621, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of steward was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Steward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



: a manager of a large home, estate, or organization
: a person employed to manage the supply and distribution of food and attend the needs of passengers (as on a train, airplane, or ship)

Legal Definition




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