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hostess

[ hoh-stis ]
/ ˈhoʊ stɪs /
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noun
verb (used with object)
to be the hostess at (a reception, dinner, etc.): She will hostess a shower for the new bride.
to act as hostess at, to, or for: She volunteered to hostess the garden club next season.
verb (used without object)
to perform the duties or functions of a hostess.
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Origin of hostess

1250–1300; Middle English (h)ostesse<Old French. See host1, -ess

usage note for hostess

See -ess.

OTHER WORDS FROM hostess

hostess-ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hostess

hostess
/ (ˈhəʊstɪs) /

noun
a woman acting as host
a woman who receives and entertains patrons of a club, restaurant, etc
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