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

Definition of waitress

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

Other Words from waitress

waitress intransitive verb

Examples of waitress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mikey latches onto an easily corruptible 17-year-old donut-shop waitress Strawberry (Suzanna Son) as if reliving his own lapsed innocence. Armond White, National Review, 29 Dec. 2021 An Atlanta waitress recently received the surprise of a lifetime after a customer who was impressed with her service decided to give back in a major way. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, 10 Dec. 2021 Turner’s sizzling performance in Body Heat turned the former struggling waitress into one of the most beloved stars of the 1980s and ’90s. Keaton Bell, Vogue, 13 Dec. 2021 Annes Elwy stars as the mysterious waitress hired at the last minute to help out at the soiree, and her peculiar presence unnerves some of the participants and has others acting in strange ways. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 19 Nov. 2021 Arruda, a bartender, was especially moved after the waitress handed her the card. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2021 Still, the Dallas waitress' challenge to the Texas law resulted in a sweeping change of the laws across the country. Scott Stump, NBC News, 9 Sep. 2021 The commuter proffered his papers; the waitress glanced but didn’t look. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 Other members who spoke on behalf of the Rodriguezes at the board meeting included Louisa Jacobs, a waitress who has worked for the restaurant for 15 years, and former City Councilwoman Mary Alice Cisneros. Elena Bruess, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of waitress

1818, in the meaning defined above

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“Waitress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waitress. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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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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