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.

Origin of waitress

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

Usage note

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Historical Examples of waitress

  • Tillie was no longer the waitress at a cheap boarding-house.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • He knew nothing of her except her name and that she was employed as a waitress in a restaurant.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • The waitress had brought the tea and bread and honey, and they waited until she had gone.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • We can make them look very dainty, on a tray, and the waitress can bring them in.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • Presently the waitress entered and gave her a letter from Margaret.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

British Dictionary definitions for waitress



a woman who serves at table, as in a restaurant


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

1834; see waiter + -ess.

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