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 What’s one thing someone reading this interview can do to honor our planet? Make a personal commitment to becoming a better steward of the planet. Jackie Bryant, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Now the steward of this new Spanish identity, Rosalía entered the Latin music market whose millions of Spanish-speaking listeners are a product of a legacy in which Spain erased Indigenous languages and imposed its own. Michelle Santiago Cortés,, 29 July 2021 The Black Yield Institute, the steward, will explore other locations to continue providing fresh produce to the neighborhood, a South Baltimore food desert, said founder and servant-director Eric Jackson. Colin Campbell,, 9 July 2021 De Salvo, the interpreter and union steward, said colleagues are still dealing with grief. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2021 Weisselberg, the most enduring and knowledgeable steward of the Trump family's financial secrets, was usually the adviser Trump sought out first when money was on the table. Timothy L. O’brien Bloomberg Opinion, Star Tribune, 2 July 2021 Her father, Jamie Spears, is the steward of her roughly $60 million fortune. New York Times, 23 June 2021 If there is no one recommended to be a steward of these lighthouses, the GSA will sell the properties according to procedures in the lighthouse preservation act, which is generally by auction, said spokesman Paul Hughes., 13 May 2021 The uncompleted project was sold to another steward in 2002. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 9 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As policymakers steward through Congress a range of legislative ideas to strengthen communities for the next half-century, addressing the nation’s affordable housing crisis must be top of mind. Jeremy Bronfman, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 In partnership with brands like H&M, PVH and Target, the CircularID™ will outline all essential information that should be included in each product’s digital identity to steward the product through a circular lifecycle. Amy Nguyen, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Being able to steward this work for our community is a humbling opportunity. Sheree Atcheson, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 Cabify, the Spanish ride-hailing company, has hired a new chief financial officer to steward its path to a public listing. Jonathan Keane, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 But Haaland is also on the record having recognized that, in order for both America and the world to properly steward its lands and waters, the federal government cannot continue helping the fossil fuel plunder its lands. Nick Martin, The New Republic, 6 Apr. 2021 Surely the minds that steward the world’s largest democracies—societies still so attractive to many across the world—can find a better way. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, 24 Feb. 2021 Winnett said that by focusing on keeping people healthy rather than addressing their needs after a problem, the plan aims to steward the state's finite resources better. Elyse Kelly, Washington Examiner, 14 Dec. 2020 While there is a tradition of librarians and archivists stealing from collections they are meant to steward, not since the 1930s had a dealer as highly reputed as Schulman been implicated. Travis Mcdade, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Aug. 2020

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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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22 Sep 2021

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“Steward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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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