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stewardess

[stoo-er-dis, styoo-] /ˈstu ər dɪs, ˈstyu-/
noun
1.
a woman flight attendant.
2.
a woman who attends to the comfort of passengers on a ship, train, or bus.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35 for earlier sense “female steward”; 1930-35 for def 1; steward + -ess
Usage note
See -ess.
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British Dictionary definitions for stewardesses

stewardess

/ˈstjʊədɪs; ˌstjʊəˈdɛs/
noun
1.
a woman who performs a steward's job on an aircraft or ship
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Word Origin and History for stewardesses

stewardess

n.

"female attendant on passenger aircraft," 1931; used of ships (where she waited on the female passengers) from 1837; from steward + -ess.

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