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[wey-tris] /ˈweɪ trɪs/
a woman who waits on tables, as in a restaurant.
verb (used without object)
to work or serve as a waitress:
She waitressed in a restaurant to help pay her way through college.
1580-90; wait(e)r + -ess
Usage note
See -ess, -person. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for waitress
  • The waitress is treated as an unwanted interruption and burden.
  • Where there is a waitress instead of a butler, guests greet the hostess unannounced.
  • Two years later she is back at home working as a waitress, but she never finished her senior year of high school.
  • Often the noodle shop's occupants consisted of me, one or two late stragglers, and a waitress wiping down tables.
  • If you really want to be a writer, get a job as a waitress or a bartender.
  • Ask the cooks what they eat, ask the waitress what she would have, and go off of their recommendations.
  • She worked as a waitress in a lobster restaurant to support her research habit for quite awhile.
  • When a shy waitress begins helping the people around her find happiness, she comes to find that she deserves it herself.
  • The waitress who took my order for an espresso wasn't, she said, really a waitress.
  • At one point he flings his arms out to describe the solar sails the spacecraft might have and accidentally whacks a waitress.
British Dictionary definitions for waitress


a woman who serves at table, as in a restaurant
(intransitive) to act as a waitress
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for waitress

1834; see waiter + -ess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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