wait·​ress | \ˈwā-trəs \

Definition of waitress 

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

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waitress intransitive verb

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Jackie participated in housing students for the foreign exchange student program, and worked as a logistic care worker at Konica Minolta, as well as a waitress at St. Mary's Home in West Hartford. courant.com, "Jacqueline E. Baxter," 24 June 2018 The newspaper reported nearly 300 U.S. workers had applied or been referred for jobs as waiters, waitresses, cooks and housekeepers but only 17 were hired. Skyler Swisher, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Trump’s Mar-a-Lago wants to hire dozens of foreign workers," 6 July 2018 At the end of the meal, the waitress left a tray on which the bill and a fortune cookie sat. Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, "Oprah Winfrey, advocate for women’s rights and Weight Watchers," 10 Jan. 2018 Lowes, 36, will play the adorably anxious and desperately single waitress Dawn — with Shapiro as the eccentric (and persistent) Ogie, courting her. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Scandal's Katie Lowes and Husband Adam Shapiro Will Costar in Broadway's Waitress," 11 July 2018 The waitress, whose name hasn’t been disclosed, was treated at Massachusetts General Hospital and released. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Suspect in Chelsea waitress attack arrested in Maryland," 10 May 2018 No woman over there is going to wash a plate, work as a waitress, clean houses.... Daniel González, azcentral, "The U.S. deported this mother to Guatemala. It kept her 6-year-old son.," 2 July 2018 This time, the regime might use the reunions to demand the return of 12 North Korean waitresses who defected to the South in 2016, said Yoo Dong-ryul, head of the Korea Institute of Liberal Democracy, a conservative think tank in Seoul. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Koreas Set Reunions for Families Split by War," 22 June 2018 Students from the 2017-18 second grade class of the Hebrew Academy (RASG) in Miami Beach served as hosts/hostesses, waiters/waitresses, busboys/ busgirls, kitchen staff and cashiers for their end of the year math project. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Hebrew Academy students learn math skills through restaurant project," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of waitress

1818, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of waitress

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

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