waitress

[ wey-tris ]
/ ˈweɪ trɪs /

noun

a woman who waits on tables, as in a restaurant.

verb (used without object)

to work or serve as a waitress: She waitressed in a restaurant to help pay her way through college.

Nearby words

  1. waiting period,
  2. waiting room,
  3. waitingly,
  4. waitlist,
  5. waitperson,
  6. waitressing,
  7. waitron,
  8. waitstaff,
  9. waitz,
  10. waive

Origin of waitress

First recorded in 1580–90; wait(e)r + -ess

Usage note


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British Dictionary definitions for waitress

waitress

/ (ˈweɪtrɪs) /

noun

a woman who serves at table, as in a restaurant

verb

(intr) to act as a waitress
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Word Origin and History for waitress

waitress

n.

1834; see waiter + -ess.

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