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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for stewardess
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  • Go and take a walk, and take the cook and stewardess with you.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I'm going to give the stewardess fifteen dollars for looking after her.

    "Captains Courageous" Rudyard Kipling
  • My dear, shall I call the stewardess, or one of your friends, to help you?

    The Adventurous Seven

    Bessie Marchant
  • He drew back hastily and threw a quick glance at the stewardess.

    The Stutterer R.R. Merliss
  • The stewardess had prophesied correctly when she described the voyage as "choppy."

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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