hostess

[hoh-stis]

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
Related formshost·ess-ship, noun

Usage note

See -ess.
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British Dictionary definitions for hostess

hostess

noun

a woman acting as host
a woman who receives and entertains patrons of a club, restaurant, etc
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Word Origin and History for hostess
n.

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.

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