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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waitress intransitive verb

Examples of waitress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bonnie Stone, who lost her catering and waitress jobs in March, wants to send her 3-year-old daughter back to her day care program now that it's reopened. Tami Luhby, CNN, "Many jobless parents could have a tougher time turning down work for lack of child care," 24 June 2020 Shina showed her children hard work by example, working as a waitress at Heidelberg Haus, a German cafe and bakery on Pendleton Pike, and owning a wig shop in Brightwood Plaza at 25th Street and Sherman Drive. Ethan May, The Indianapolis Star, "'A love story': Joe and Shina Kotarski, married 55 years, died days apart of coronavirus," 16 June 2020 Helgeson started as a bartender and waitress in 1982 and now owns two-thirds of the business along with Samano, her niece, who owns one-third and the building. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After 53 years and five generations, Samano's restaurant in Cudahy is closing," 3 June 2020 Kari Mote, who lives in the nearby Bywater neighborhood, is a waitress who lost her job at a French Quarter restaurant when the state shut down on-site dining. Kevin Mcgill, USA TODAY, "'An old neighborhood again': What New Orleans' French Quarter has been like without tourists," 1 June 2020 Working as a waitress aboard the ferry means serving the same people meal after meal after meal, sometimes for a week straight. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Onboard the ferry to the end of the world," 31 May 2016 For nearly two months, the 26-year-old waitress had been at home, hoping to avoid spreading the virus to her ailing grandmother. Mike Hixenbaugh, NBC News, "Restaurants are open again in Texas — with some big changes. Is it safe to eat out?," 13 May 2020 Ebony Coleman, a 31-year-old waitress, was furloughed from her job at Bourbon Street Seafood Kitchen last month. Diego Mendoza-moyers, ExpressNews.com, "TWC says some workers can stay home without losing unemployment benefits," 2 May 2020 The man told police the waitress was being rude and continued to use obscenities. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Drunken man is arrested after mistaking an Applebee’s for his hotel room: Independence Police Blotter," 3 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of waitress

1818, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of waitress was in 1818

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2 Jul 2020

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“Waitress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waitress. Accessed 8 Jul. 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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