American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A woman who receives or entertains guests in a social or official capacity.
- n. A woman who manages an inn or hotel.
- n. A woman who is the emcee or interviewer on a radio or television program.
- n. A woman who is employed to greet and assist patrons, as in a restaurant.
- n. A woman who is employed to dance with customers in a dance hall or nightclub. See Usage Note at -ess.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A female host; a woman who entertains guests; especially, a woman who keeps an inn.
- n. A female host.
- n. A female innkeeper.
- n. Stewardess: a woman steward on an airplane.
- n. a bar hostess or bargirl, a paid, female companion offering conversation and in some cases sex.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A female host; a woman who hospitably entertains guests at her house.
- n. A woman who entertains guests for compensation; a female innkeeper.
- n. a woman innkeeper
- n. a woman host
- n. a woman steward on an airplane
- Middle English hostesse, from Middle French hostesse, from Old French ostesce, made up of oste ("host") + -esce ("feminine marker"). (Wiktionary)
“She lived some time with Lady Hester Stanhope, a woman as fantastic and mentally strained as herself, on the slope of Mt. Lebanon, but finally quarrelled with her in regard to two white horses with red marks on their backs which suggested the idea of saddles, on which her titled hostess expected to ride into Jerusalem with the Lord.”
“[Page 183] before engaged lodgings: they are not so pleasantly situated as those we occupied at Ilfracombe; but they are comfortable; and our hostess is a good woman, who takes pains to please us.”
“Joshua, who has flown into a fit at my use of the word hostess for Melanie, who owns this space and welcomes guests onto it, "hostess".”
“Real question for air hostess is "People do have right to ask about birth certificate but do you belive that the issue is already resolved in court?" paula”
“My entire career as a talk show hostess is ruined because of this!”
“For workshops between $250 and $399, hostesses will earn an EXTRA $20 in hostess free merchandise (on top of the regular hostess dollars and exclusive stamp sets).”
“For workshops $400 and over, hostesses will earn an additional $40 in hostess free merchandise!”
“He settles for day jobs at the building sites of Tokyo, subsists on freeze-dried noodles and squanders his pay in hostess bars.”
“With an in-home or catalog workshop, hostesses with workshop sales between $250 and $399 get an extra $20 in hostess benefits for a total of $45 in free merchandise -- Yipee!”
“With a workshop $400 or over you get an extra $40 in hostess benefits for a total of $85 or more ($85 is for a $400 workshop) ... how cool is that?”
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