Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for headwaiter

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for head

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for head waiter