verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Examples from the Web for hostess
Why, then, does working in one almost guarantee a waitress, hostess, or bartender will be at the receiving end of such harassment?Waitressing Is One of the Worst Jobs for Sexual Harassment|Brandy Zadrozny|October 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At the end of the evening, the hostess departed at the same time as her guests, leaving the caterers to clean up the mess.
Their phones do work, and are operated by a disarmingly well-mannered host or hostess.Inside London’s Hottest Celebrity Haunt—But How Long Will Chiltern Firehouse Burn?|Lizzie Crocker|June 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Q: What is the traditional gift to bring the hostess of a Super Bowl party?Your Super Bowl Etiquette Guide From Food to Clothes to What Not to Say|Kelly Williams Brown|February 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Still, it's no surprise Walmart was among the first recipients, since the retailer is Hostess' largest single customer.
The prince dropped his eye-glass and glanced toward his hostess.The Hillman|E. Phillips Oppenheim
Should one be in doubt, the rule is to glance at the hostess and adopt her method, whatever that may be.The Etiquette of To-day|Edith B. Ordway
Thereupon Madame Guerin, feeling she had "landed" him, dropped her pose as hostess and became a matrimonial agent.Remarkable Rogues|Charles Kingston
A man and wife, if the hostess is sure beyond a doubt that they occupy similar quarters when at home.Etiquette|Emily Post
No hostess would attempt such a thing, the belief being general that some one of the guests would die within a year.As A Chinaman Saw Us|Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for hostess
Word Origin and History for hostess
late 13c., "woman who keeps an inn or public hotel," from host (n.1) + -ess, or from Old French hostesse (Modern French hôtesse). Meaning "woman who presides at a dinner party, etc." recorded by 1822. Also used mid-20c. in sense "female who entertains customers in nightclubs," with overtones of prostitution.