hostess


hostess
host•ess
[[t]ˈhoʊ stɪs[/t]] n.
1) a woman who entertains guests in her own home or elsewhere
2) a woman employed in a restaurant or the like to seat patrons
3) cvb sbz a woman who acts as emcee, moderator, or interviewer for a television or radio program; host
4) a woman employed by an airline or other carrier to see that passengers are comfortable throughout a trip
5) a woman who manages a resort or hotel or who directs its social activities
7) cv to be or serve as hostess to or at
8) cvb to perform the duties or functions of a hostess
Etymology: 1250–1300; < OF usage: See -ess

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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