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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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 Williams provided a link on her website detailing the scandal, which included Guadagnino carrying a stripper and getting two cocktail waitresses phone numbers inside a club. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "'Jersey Shore' star Vinny Guadagnino slams Wendy Williams for 'fake news' story about him cheating on ex," 23 May 2018 The night of July 16, Schrank expected to be extra busy at her evening waitress job and asked Apollo, who had quit the DA's office in March, to monitor the phone for her. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former Milwaukee County prosecutors convicted, fined in botched coverup," 2 Feb. 2018 For the last nearly 13 years, Lulgjuraj, 50, has worked as a waitress at the cozy, no-frills diner. Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press, "Customers bid a sad farewell as Ferndale's Double Ee Restaurant closes," 17 June 2018 Abby Dunn works as many as four shifts a week as a waitress at the Fainting Goat gastropub in Washington, D.C., to supplement her income from a full-time job at a nonprofit. Rachel Feintzeig, WSJ, "What Should Waiters and Bartenders Earn? The Debate Over the Tipped Wage," 14 June 2018 Social media quickly identified her as a waitress at local breastaurant Social Bar and Grill, and the messages demanding comeuppance readily rolled in. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Bye, Tabbie: Missouri Waitress Fired After Horrific Racist Video About ‘N-Word Hunting’," 11 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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