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[hed-wey-ter] /ˈhɛdˈweɪ tər/
a person in charge of waiters, busboys, etc., in a restaurant or dining car.
Origin of headwaiter
1795-1805; head + waiter
Related forms
subheadwaiter, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for head waiter
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  • The head waiter ventured to answer; he was instantly told to fetch the general manager.

    Young Blood E. W. Hornung
  • He was about to make his way to a table when the head waiter stopped him.

    A Royal Prisoner Pierre Souvestre
  • The head waiter of the hotel, bowing almost to the ground, waved her toward the royal table.

    The King's Men Robert Grant, John Boyle O'Reilly, J. S. Dale, and John T. Wheelwright
  • The patrons had no choice in regard to the supper, which was settled by the head waiter.

    A Royal Prisoner Pierre Souvestre
  • However, neither the head waiter nor the cashier, nor indeed anyone about the place, knew the man.

    The Diamond Pin Carolyn Wells
  • The head waiter and the chambermaid were in evidence; that was all.

    The Automobilist Abroad M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield
  • But Sally was rapidly vanishing in the wake of the head waiter, who delivered her safely to the call-boy.

    Concerning Sally William John Hopkins
  • The head waiter asked for information about the size of the party.

    Lalage's Lovers George A. Birmingham
  • In the restaurant it is proper to say "Merci, Monsieur," to the head waiter who shows you to your place.

    Book of Etiquette, Volume 2 Lillian Eichler Watson
  • The manager rose, crossed to the mantelpiece, and rang for the head waiter.

    A Bid for Fortune Guy Boothby
British Dictionary definitions for head waiter

head waiter

a waiter who supervises the activities of other waiters and arranges the seating of guests
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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