- a woman who receives and entertains guests in her own home or elsewhere.
- a woman employed in a restaurant or place of amusement to receive, seat, or assist patrons.
- a woman who acts as master of ceremonies, moderator, or interviewer for a television or radio program; host.
- a woman employed by an airline, railroad, bus company, etc., to see that passengers are comfortable throughout a trip, usually receiving and seating them, and sometimes serving them refreshments.
- a woman who manages a resort or hotel or who directs its social activities.
- taxi dancer.
- to be the hostess at (a reception, dinner, etc.): She will hostess a shower for the new bride.
- to act as hostess at, to, or for: She volunteered to hostess the garden club next season.
- to perform the duties or functions of a hostess.
Origin of hostess
Examples from the Web for hostesses
Hostesses twitter on the phone, or just Twitter, to woo A-list guests to pre- and post-inauguration parties.The Coronation of King Obama
January 18, 2009
This course with the hostesses of Red Gap had seemed to be merely an excuse for a pause.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
But this was not to be without displeasing her hostesses, and she reluctantly submitted.Under the Country Sky
Grace S. Richmond
So once more the Camellia Buds were placed in the position of hostesses.The Jolliest School of All</p>
While he was greeting her hostesses Goneril cast a rapid glance at him.
Dr. Ballard had gone, and his hostesses were awaiting the summons to dinner.Jewel
Clara Louise Burnham
- a woman acting as host
- a woman who receives and entertains patrons of a club, restaurant, etc
- See air hostess
Word Origin and History for hostesses
late 13c., "woman who keeps an inn or public hotel," from host (n.1) + -ess, or from Old French hostesse (Modern French hôtesse). Meaning "woman who presides at a dinner party, etc." recorded by 1822. Also used mid-20c. in sense "female who entertains customers in nightclubs," with overtones of prostitution.