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waitress

[wey-tris] /ˈweɪ trɪs/
noun
1.
a woman who waits on tables, as in a restaurant.
verb (used without object)
2.
to work or serve as a waitress:
She waitressed in a restaurant to help pay her way through college.
Origin of waitress
1580-1590
1580-90; wait(e)r + -ess
Usage note
See -ess, -person.
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  • Mary has been a waitress in the steel company for five years.

    Over Here Hector MacQuarrie
  • Tillie was no longer the waitress at a cheap boarding-house.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The Duke could scarcely keep back a smile, so diverting he found this affair of the Welshman, the waitress, and the cook.

  • We can make them look very dainty, on a tray, and the waitress can bring them in.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • Clancy lowered her eyes to the grapefruit which the waitress had brought.

    Find the Woman Arthur Somers Roche
British Dictionary definitions for waitress

waitress

/ˈweɪtrɪs/
noun
1.
a woman who serves at table, as in a restaurant
verb
2.
(intransitive) to act as a waitress
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Word Origin and History for waitress
n.

1834; see waiter + -ess.

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