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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Mr. Dimm called the head-waiter and spoke to him in an undertone.

    Gordon Keith Thomas Nelson Page
  • The head-waiter at the hotel knew him, for he had often lunched there.

    The White Lie William Le Queux
  • In a moment a head-waiter was bending over them, his eyes moving rapidly from one to the other, under contracted brows.

    Saturday's Child Kathleen Norris
  • He took the part of the inspector and began a violent discussion with the head-waiter.

    The Blonde Lady Maurice Leblanc
  • They cried out, and demanded restitution of the waiter, the head-waiter, the manager.

    The Innocents Sinclair Lewis
  • They all detected the 'head-waiter' at the Union Company's rancho.

  • "Yes, miss—madame, I am sure we have not the name on our list," said the head-waiter.

    The Second Latchkey Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  • The head-waiter who had attended them was called, and I questioned him.

    Hushed Up William Le Queux
  • I wonder what the head-waiter at the 'Brass-Button' will say to it?

    The Red Room August Strindberg
  • The head-waiter was bowing before him and murmuring, “How many, sir?”

    What's-His-Name George Barr McCutcheon

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