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

See -ess, -person.
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waitress (ˈweɪtrɪs)
1.  a woman who serves at table, as in a restaurant
2.  (intr) to act as a waitress

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Example sentences
The waitress is treated as an unwanted interruption and burden.
Where there is a waitress instead of a butler, guests greet the hostess
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.
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