[stoo-erd, styoo-]
a person who manages another's property or financial affairs; one who administers anything as the agent of another or others.
a person who has charge of the household of another, buying or obtaining food, directing the servants, etc.
an employee who has charge of the table, wine, servants, etc., in a club, restaurant, or the like.
a person who attends to the domestic concerns of persons on board a vessel, as in overseeing maids and waiters.
an employee on a ship, train, or bus who waits on and is responsible for the comfort of passengers, takes orders for or distributes food, etc.
a flight attendant.
a person appointed by an organization or group to supervise the affairs of that group at certain functions.
U.S. Navy. a petty officer in charge of officer's quarters and mess.
verb (used with object)
to act as steward of; manage.
verb (used without object)
to act or serve as steward.

before 900; Middle English; Old English stīweard, stigweard, equivalent to stig- (sense uncertain; probably “house, hall”; see sty1) + weard ward2

stewardship, noun
understeward, noun Unabridged
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steward (ˈstjʊəd)
1.  a person who administers the property, house, finances, etc, of another
2.  a person who manages the eating arrangements, staff, or service at a club, hotel, etc
3.  a person who attends to passengers on an aircraft, ship or train
4.  a mess attendant in a naval mess afloat or ashore
5.  a person who helps to supervise some event or proceedings in an official capacity
6.  short for shop steward
7.  to act or serve as a steward (of something)
[Old English stigweard, from stig hall (see sty) + weardward]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. stiward, stigweard "house guardian," from stig "hall, pen" + weard "guard." Used after the Conquest as the equivalent of O.Fr. seneschal (q.v.). Meaning "overseer of workmen" is attested from c.1300. The sense of "officer on a ship in charge of provisions and meals" is first recorded mid-15c.; extended
to trains 1906. This was the title of a class of high officers of the state in early England and Scotland, hence meaning "one who manages affairs of an estate on behalf of his employer" (late 14c.). The Scottish form is reflected in Stewart, name of the royal house, from Walter (the) Steward, who married (1315) Marjorie de Bruce, daughter of King Robert. The terminal -t is a Scottish form (late 14c.). Stuart is a Fr. spelling, attested from 1429 and adopted by Mary, Queen of Scots.
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Example sentences
It was given to a steward and handlers put it in the hold.
Armed with information, you can become a good steward of the world.
Each portrays himself as a decisive, frank and humane steward of the public
But it is also the steward of scarce public resources and the preserver of
  public goods such as law and order.
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