from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A waiter who is in charge of the waiters and waitresses in a restaurant and is often responsible for taking reservations and seating guests.

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  • n. A waiter who has a supervisory position over the other wait staff. (chief waiter)

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

  • n. a dining-room attendant who is in charge of the waiters and the seating of customers


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  • "Perhaps I'd better call the headwaiter, sir," the golem said stiffly.

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  • Even though he was starting as an assistant waiter, he was excited about his job and the opportunity to advance to a headwaiter.

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  • He even stayed at the restaurant long enough to achieve his goal of advancing to headwaiter himself!

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  • He soon discovered that the headwaiter to whom he reported was a very difficult woman.

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  • Tom/Manicka was a headwaiter and had achieved a complete and utter adaptation of the flat American accent.


  • Fifty-two years old, with silver threads in his light brown hair, ice blue eyes, and an imperious manner, he was the kind of man who could intimidate a headwaiter or a subordinate with a single chilling glance.

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  • Dan Donohue, who plays the title role in the OSF production of "Hamlet" that I praised in this space last week, doubles as the snobbish headwaiter of "She Loves Me," and he turns out to be as good a comedian as he is a tragedian.

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  • The headwaiter supposedly replied, Because that guy is Crazy Joe Gallo.

    Dancing with the Devil

  • Gilles, the headwaiter, lit the hurricane lamp on our table and filled our water glasses.

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  • Sebastian, the headwaiter, with the server in tow, slowed when he recognized Maven.



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