[ stoo-er-dis, styoo- ]
See synonyms for stewardess on
  1. a woman flight attendant.

  2. 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 For stewardess

See -ess.

Words Nearby stewardess Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use stewardess in a sentence

  • Irritably, he complies, but when the stewardess moves on, he reclines the chair again, muttering balefully under his breath.

  • After that the little girl staid mostly with the stewardess, and was comparatively happy.

    The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes
  • He drew back hastily and threw a quick glance at the stewardess.

    The Stutterer | R.R. Merliss
  • But she soon cheered up and asked the stewardess to show her to her cabin.

    Daisy Ashford: Her Book | Daisy Ashford
  • On entering the main waiting room of the airport, the young stewardess looked quickly about her.

    Gypsy Flight | Roy J. Snell
  • His questions, never very personal, were about the life an airplane stewardess leads.

    Gypsy Flight | Roy J. Snell

British Dictionary definitions for stewardess


/ (ˈstjʊədɪs, ˌstjʊəˈdɛs) /

  1. a woman who performs a steward's job on an aircraft or ship

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