[ stoo-erd, styoo- ]
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  1. a person who manages another's property or financial affairs; one who administers anything as the agent of another or others.

  2. a person who has charge of the household of another, buying or obtaining food, directing the servants, etc.

  1. an employee who has charge of the table, wine, servants, etc., in a club, restaurant, or the like.

  2. a person who attends to the domestic concerns of persons on board a vessel, as in overseeing maids and waiters.

  3. an employee on a ship, train, or bus who waits on and is responsible for the comfort of passengers, takes orders for or distributes food, etc.

  4. a flight attendant.

  5. a person appointed by an organization or group to supervise the affairs of that group at certain functions.

  6. U.S. Navy. a petty officer in charge of officer's quarters and mess.

verb (used with object)
  1. to act as steward of; manage.

verb (used without object)
  1. to act or serve as steward.

Origin of steward

before 900; Middle English; Old English stīweard, stigweard, equivalent to stig- (sense uncertain; probably “house, hall”; see sty1) + weard ward

Other words from steward

  • stew·ard·ship, noun
  • un·der·stew·ard, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for steward


/ (ˈstjʊəd) /

  1. a person who administers the property, house, finances, etc, of another

  2. a person who manages the eating arrangements, staff, or service at a club, hotel, etc

  1. a person who attends to passengers on an aircraft, ship or train

  2. a mess attendant in a naval mess afloat or ashore

  3. a person who helps to supervise some event or proceedings in an official capacity

  4. short for shop steward

  1. to act or serve as a steward (of something)

Origin of steward

Old English stigweard, from stig hall (see sty) + weard ward

Derived forms of steward

  • stewardship, noun

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