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[stoo-er-dis, styoo-]
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  1. a woman flight attendant.
  2. a woman who attends to the comfort of passengers on a ship, train, or bus.
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Origin of stewardess

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

Usage note

See -ess.
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Related Words for stewardess

hostess, stewardess, waiter, waitress, host, porter, server, attendant, butler, servant, steward, carhop, purser, stew, skycap

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


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

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