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 headwaiter

headwaiter, major-domo

Examples from the Web for headwaiter

Historical Examples of headwaiter

  • "Perhaps I'd better call the headwaiter, sir," the golem said stiffly.

    It Could Be Anything

    John Keith Laumer

  • He could think of nothing to say to the headwaiter who offered him his choice of tables.

  • Strathdene gave the headwaiter a bill and followed Kedzie out.

  • Maria would not take the table which the headwaiter offered.

    The Boy Grew Older

    Heywood Broun

  • The headwaiter, clad in the long waistcoat and full trunk-hose of the late Seventeenth Century, bowed punctiliously.

    The Penal Cluster

    Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)