from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A woman who tends a counter, as in a diner.

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  • noun A woman who serves at a counter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun someone who attends a counter (as in a diner)


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counter +‎ woman


  • They quickly ushered the elderly counterwoman, Millie Sansevero, into the kitchen, handcuffed her to a sink, and waited.

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  • The counterwoman at the Korean market, the one who likes my homemade brownies, greets me with "sarang hamnida" ( "I love you"), and when the postman delivers my letters, he rings my bell -- once for junk mail, twice for the checks he knows I'm eagerly awaiting.

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  • I used 3 lbs. of beef back ribs that the meat counterwoman told me were what was left after cutting Prime rib.

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  • Chocolate is the only flavor on the menu, and the young counterwoman with the scarf and the nose ring explained that she, like me, was, like, from California and had never heard of whoopie pies until she worked there.


  • I overheard a customer complaining to the counterwoman about the small size of his slice.


  • There, the counterwoman gave him another look at the Horn of Plenty’s employment record, and Danny copied down club and roadhouse addresses going back to Mad Marty’s first gig in ‘36.

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