wait·​ress | \ ˈwā-trəs How to pronounce waitress (audio) \

Definition of waitress

: a woman who waits tables (as in a restaurant)

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Other Words from waitress

waitress intransitive verb

Examples of waitress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last year's ad saw Swift starring as a waitress in a diner and a bartender in a restaurant. Darlene Aderoju, PEOPLE.com, "Taylor Swift Reveals What's in Her Closet in New Capital One Ad — and It's So on Brand," 9 Nov. 2020 Ashley Narten, 37, of Minocqua, Wis., lost her job as a waitress for five months this year when her restaurant cut back shifts. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "Trump’s Closing Argument on Virus Clashes With Science, and Voters’ Lives," 28 Oct. 2020 Rapinoe was raised in Redding, Calif., a conservative town where her mother worked as a waitress and her father, Jim, worked in construction. Elizabeth A. Harris, New York Times, "Megan Rapinoe Has a Lot More to Say," 6 Nov. 2020 The San Diego native worked as a cocktail waitress, and later as a go-go dancer at Star and Garter, a club three blocks from her bottom-floor apartment on 39th Street near University Avenue. San Diego Union-Tribune, "51 years after San Diego woman was raped and strangled, DNA and genealogy lead to an arrest," 27 Oct. 2020 Felix is a serial philanderer, a relentless seducer who, even now, at around seventy, in Laura’s presence, flirts outrageously with young women, perfect strangers—a waitress, his granddaughters’ ballet teacher, one of Dean’s colleagues. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“On the Rocks,” Reviewed: Sofia Coppola’s Self-Questioning Film of a Father’s Destructive Dazzle," 22 Oct. 2020 The manual outlines proper dress, grooming, behavior and deportment for a waitress, and the expectation that all of her customers will be men, who will expect quiet obedience. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "New Britain Museum of American Art keeps focus on women, art and social change," 5 Oct. 2020 Baldwin's Trump then took questions from the moderator, but confused her as his waitress. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "'SNL' has Baldwin's Trump and Carrey's Biden go head to head in the final debate," 25 Oct. 2020 On Tuesday, Choi's restaurant group agreed to pay the former waitress a $75,000 settlement, a release from the EEOC said. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "Feds: Hyde Park restaurant owner to pay in $75K EEOC settlement," 14 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of waitress

1818, in the meaning defined above

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23 Nov 2020

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“Waitress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waitress. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of waitress

: a woman who serves food or drinks to people in a restaurant


wait·​ress | \ ˈwā-trəs How to pronounce waitress (audio) \

Kids Definition of waitress

: a girl or woman who serves food to people at tables

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