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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. 2017.
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  • "Perhaps I'd better call the headwaiter, sir," the golem said stiffly.

    It Could Be Anything John Keith Laumer
  • He could think of nothing to say to the headwaiter who offered him his choice of tables.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • Strathdene gave the headwaiter a bill and followed Kedzie out.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • Maria would not take the table which the headwaiter offered.

    The Boy Grew Older Heywood Broun
  • The headwaiter, clad in the long waistcoat and full trunk-hose of the late Seventeenth Century, bowed punctiliously.

    The Penal Cluster Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
  • Houston looked complacently at his drink while the headwaiter led Dorrine to a table on the far side of the room.

    The Penal Cluster Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
  • The headwaiter approached bearing another magnum of vintage wine.

    Medal of Honor Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • In a shaky hand he took his felt hat and walking-stick which the headwaiter handed him.

    Two banks of the Seine Fernand Vandrem
  • Salvatore, thus admonished, proceeded in a hurried undertone—with one eye on the headwaiter—to lay bare his soul.

    Indiscretions of Archie P. G. Wodehouse
  • The three watched with interest as the headwaiter went to the door and returned leading a short, dark man.

    The Golden Skull John Blaine

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