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

Definition of waitress

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from waitress

waitress intransitive verb

Examples of waitress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Grown and living on her own as a waitress at Café de deux Moulins, Amélie discovers a child’s treasure box in her apartment left by a previous tenant. Patti Restivo, baltimoresun.com, "‘Amélie: A New Musical’ shines at Bowie Playhouse," 16 Aug. 2019 After basketball camp ended, both of us went back to work full-time—me as a counselor and Connie, who had turned 16 in January, as a waitress at a restaurant in Morton Grove. Melissa Isaacson, SI.com, "How the 1979 Niles West Girls Basketball Team Navigated the Early Years of Title IX," 5 Aug. 2019 Molano was convicted of murdering Suzanne McKenna, 33, who lived in a cottage near his apartment and worked as a waitress. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Court upholds death sentence of Hayward man convicted in 1995 rape, strangling," 27 June 2019 Now age 89, Rosie spent 25 years on her feet as a waitress, and her oldest son Bill married my oldest sister Carol. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Small town favorite restaurant hoping for new owners," 7 June 2019 Then in 2016, Kashyap came to work at Sheroes as a waitress. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: This cafe in India is fully run by acid attack survivors," 18 Apr. 2019 Stanley was working as a waitress at the Waffle House in Antioch, Tenn., on April 22, when a gunman shot into the restaurant and killed four people. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "Waitress who survived Waffle House shooting reportedly suffering from PTSD, needs support dog," 6 Aug. 2018 The waitress high-steps through a gantlet of carry-on bags, maneuvering her way to the four young men dressed in sweats bearing their college logos. Kalyn Kahler, SI.com, "Madness at 43 Yards: The Bears Kicker Competition Through the Eyes of Those Who Lived It," 21 Aug. 2019 Sparks will star as the titular waitress and pie-maker Jenna from Sept. 16 – Oct. 27. Jeff Nelson, PEOPLE.com, "Jordin Sparks Will Return to the Stage to Star in Waitress on Broadway," 20 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'waitress.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of waitress

1818, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about waitress

Statistics for waitress

Last Updated

13 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for waitress

The first known use of waitress was in 1818

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for waitress



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on waitress

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with waitress

Spanish Central: Translation of waitress

Nglish: Translation of waitress for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of waitress for Arabic Speakers

Comments on waitress

What made you want to look up waitress? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


authorized for issue (as a bond)

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!