[stoo-er-dis, styoo-]


a woman flight attendant.
a woman who attends to the comfort of passengers on a ship, train, or bus.

Origin of stewardess

1625–35 for earlier sense “female steward”; 1930–35 for def 1; steward + -ess

Usage note

See -ess. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stewardess

Contemporary Examples of stewardess

Historical Examples of stewardess

  • Go and take a walk, and take the cook and stewardess with you.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • I'm going to give the stewardess fifteen dollars for looking after her.

    "Captains Courageous"

    Rudyard Kipling

  • My dear, shall I call the stewardess, or one of your friends, to help you?

    The Adventurous Seven

    Bessie Marchant

  • He drew back hastily and threw a quick glance at the stewardess.

    The Stutterer

    R.R. Merliss

  • The stewardess had prophesied correctly when she described the voyage as "choppy."

British Dictionary definitions for stewardess



a woman who performs a steward's job on an aircraft or ship
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for stewardess

"female attendant on passenger aircraft," 1931; used of ships (where she waited on the female passengers) from 1837; from steward + -ess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper