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[hed-wey-ter] /ˈhɛdˈweɪ tər/
a person in charge of waiters, busboys, etc., in a restaurant or dining car.
Origin of headwaiter
First recorded in 1795-1805; head + waiter
Related forms
subheadwaiter, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for head waiter
Historical Examples
  • His tip was exactly ten cents, and out of this the head waiter must have his percentage.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • In Munich the head waiter had never heard of buckwheat cakes.

    A Book of Burlesques

    H. L. Mencken
  • How could he have found out—unless that beast of a head waiter telegraphed?

    Jerry Jean Webster
  • The head waiter hurried on before him to announce his coming.

    Manasseh Maurus Jokai
  • Both the other member and I called quickly for brandy and the head waiter.

  • He was about to make his way to a table when the head waiter stopped him.

    A Royal Prisoner Pierre Souvestre
  • The patrons had no choice in regard to the supper, which was settled by the head waiter.

    A Royal Prisoner Pierre Souvestre
  • The head waiter and the chambermaid were in evidence; that was all.

    The Automobilist Abroad

    M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield
  • I sent for the head waiter, who had struck me as an able and intelligent man.

    Lalage's Lovers George A. Birmingham
  • The head waiter asked for information about the size of the party.

    Lalage's Lovers George A. Birmingham
British Dictionary definitions for head waiter

head waiter

a waiter who supervises the activities of other waiters and arranges the seating of guests
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