[ hoh-stis ]
/ ˈhoʊ stɪs /
a woman who receives and entertains guests in her own home or elsewhere.
a woman employed in a restaurant or place of amusement to receive, seat, or assist patrons.
a woman who acts as master of ceremonies, moderator, or interviewer for a television or radio program; host.
a woman employed by an airline, railroad, bus company, etc., to see that passengers are comfortable throughout a trip, usually receiving and seating them, and sometimes serving them refreshments.
a woman who manages a resort or hotel or who directs its social activities.
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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usage note for hostess
OTHER WORDS FROM hostesshost·ess-ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hostess's
/ (ˈhəʊstɪs) /
a woman acting as host
a woman who receives and entertains patrons of a club, restaurant, etc
See air hostess
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