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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The head-waiter at the hotel knew him, for he had often lunched there.

    The White Lie William Le Queux
  • When the time came to serve the wine, the head-waiter went first to Grant.

    How to Succeed Orison Swett Marden
  • He took the part of the inspector and began a violent discussion with the head-waiter.

    The Blonde Lady

    Maurice Leblanc
  • The gentleman in the frock-coat and the head-waiter left the house.

    The Blonde Lady

    Maurice Leblanc
  • They all detected the 'head-waiter' at the Union Company's rancho.

  • The head-waiter who had attended them was called, and I questioned him.

    Hushed Up William Le Queux
  • The head-waiter was bowing before him and murmuring, “How many, sir?”

    What's-His-Name George Barr McCutcheon
  • You shall have what you want, even if it causes the head-waiter to perish in his pride.'

    Trent's Last Case E.C. (Edmund Clerihew) Bentley
  • They cried out, and demanded restitution of the waiter, the head-waiter, the manager.

    The Innocents Sinclair Lewis
  • My quarters are excellent, and the head-waiter is such a waiter!

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