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 formssub·head·wait·er, noun
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Related Words for head-waiter

headwaiter, major-domo

Examples from the Web for head-waiter

Historical Examples of head-waiter

  • The head-waiter at the hotel knew him, for he had often lunched there.

    The White Lie

    William Le Queux

  • When the time came to serve the wine, the head-waiter went first to Grant.

    How to Succeed

    Orison Swett Marden

  • He took the part of the inspector and began a violent discussion with the head-waiter.

    The Blonde Lady

    Maurice Leblanc

  • The gentleman in the frock-coat and the head-waiter left the house.

    The Blonde Lady

    Maurice Leblanc

  • They all detected the 'head-waiter' at the Union Company's rancho.