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[wey-tris] /ˈweɪ trɪs/
a woman who waits on tables, as in a restaurant.
verb (used without object)
to work or serve as a waitress:
She waitressed in a restaurant to help pay her way through college.
Origin of waitress
First recorded in 1580-90; wait(e)r + -ess
Usage note
See -ess, -person. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Tillie was no longer the waitress at a cheap boarding-house.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He knew nothing of her except her name and that she was employed as a waitress in a restaurant.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • The waitress had brought the tea and bread and honey, and they waited until she had gone.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • We can make them look very dainty, on a tray, and the waitress can bring them in.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • Presently the waitress entered and gave her a letter from Margaret.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
British Dictionary definitions for waitress


a woman who serves at table, as in a restaurant
(intransitive) to act as a waitress
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for waitress

1834; see waiter + -ess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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