from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who serves at a table, as in a restaurant.
- n. A tray or salver.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A male or sometimes female attendant who serves customers in a restaurant, cafe or similar.
- n. Someone who waits for somebody or something, a person who is waiting, the one waiting.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who, or that which, waits; an attendant; a servant in attendance, esp. at table.
- n. A vessel or tray on which something is carried, as dishes, etc.; a salver.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A watcher.
- n. A watchman; a guard or keeper.
- n. One who waits; one who abides in expectation of the happening of some event, the arrival of some appointed time, some opportunity, or the like.
- n. A domestic servant.
- n. A waiting-woman.
- n. A man-servant who waits at table: applied more commonly to those who serve in hotels or restaurants.
- n. An officer in the employ of the British custom-house. See coast-waiter, tide-waiter.
- n. A tray; a salver.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who waits or awaits
- n. a person whose occupation is to serve at table (as in a restaurant)
Late 14th century, "attendant, watchman," agent noun from the verb wait. Sense of "servant who waits at tables" is from late 15th century, originally in reference to household servants; in reference to inns, eating houses, etc., it is attested from 1660s. Feminine form waitress first recorded 1834. (Wiktionary)