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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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  • Maria would not take the table which the headwaiter offered.

    The Boy Grew Older Heywood Broun
  • Strathdene gave the headwaiter a bill and followed Kedzie out.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • 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
  • 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)
  • But when Stewart asked for his bill, the proprietor, instead of intrusting it as usual to the headwaiter, presented it in person.

    The Girl from Alsace Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • The three watched with interest as the headwaiter went to the door and returned leading a short, dark man.

    The Golden Skull John Blaine
  • 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)
  • First he appears as a drill sergeant, then as a headwaiter, then as a gas collector, then as some other familiar fellow.

    Europe After 8:15 H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
  • In a shaky hand he took his felt hat and walking-stick which the headwaiter handed him.

    Two banks of the Seine Fernand Vandrem
  • The headwaiter always knows me the minute I come into the room—keeps a chair for me.

    Frenzied Fiction Stephen Leacock

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