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[stoo-er-dis, styoo-] /ˈstu ər dɪs, ˈstyu-/
a woman flight attendant.
a woman who attends to the comfort of passengers on a ship, train, or bus.
Origin of stewardess
1625-35 for earlier sense “female steward”; 1930-35 for def 1; steward + -ess
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • During the search for her uncle, Anne awaited the stewardess's return with growing impatience and hunger.

    Honey-Sweet Edna Turpin
  • Mary was a stewardess, and she tried to convert him on the way over.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • “It was my fault as well,” interposed Kate, looking quite as unhappy as her sister and the stewardess.

    The Wreck of the Nancy Bell J. C. Hutcheson
  • Steward, send the stewardess to me, and help me into my cabin.

    The Wreck of the Nancy Bell J. C. Hutcheson
  • Her clothes, flung at her by the stewardess seem to have hit in some places, and missed in others.

    A Trip to Cuba Julia Ward Howe
British Dictionary definitions for stewardess


/ˈstjʊədɪs; ˌstjʊəˈdɛs/
a woman who performs a steward's job on an aircraft or ship
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stewardess

"female attendant on passenger aircraft," 1931; used of ships (where she waited on the female passengers) from 1837; from steward + -ess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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