Definition of hostess in English:



  • 1A woman who receives or entertains guests.

    ‘the perfect dinner-party hostess’
    • ‘I guess I just like to be the perfect hostess - flowers on the nightstand, toiletries, favorite foods, etc.’
    • ‘And for those a little shaky on how to make a good Chinese cuppa, one of the gracious hostesses will provide gentle instruction.’
    • ‘I warn you, ladies and gentlemen, our hostess is talented in every art and craft imaginable.’
    • ‘In an attempt to further increase the response rate from manners-challenged guests, hosts and hostesses resorted to pre-stamping the envelopes.’
    • ‘Everything was going fine as I acted the perfect hostess, running to and fro with refreshments.’
    • ‘The guests can simply help themselves and the hostess is free to join her own party, rather than circulate with a bottle.’
    • ‘If homemade gifts are one of your talents, this could be the perfect gift for your hostess.’
    • ‘I must remember to thank her for being the perfect hostess.’
    • ‘When we entered the large hallway a woman quickly came to greet us and I could tell by her dress that she was either one of the guests or the hostess - definitely not a servant.’
    • ‘In this environment she is the embodiment of the perfect hostess, but this doesn't mean that's all there is to Delia Smith.’
    • ‘But it was beauteous Jayaprada who seemed all over the place at Annapurna Studios playing a perfect hostess and receiving prominent guests.’
    • ‘Mrs. Dalloway is about another woman named Clarissa, an upper-middle-class woman, a perfect hostess, who is planning a party.’
    • ‘Whereas in the past you could just serve up three courses for all guests and hope they enjoyed your cooking, these days a wise hostess checks with her guests about genuine intolerance.’
    • ‘A Chinese hostess will usually say to her guests she has nothing to offer them but some coarse food and plain tea.’
    • ‘I partially agree with Peggy Post's answer to whether or not it is appropriate for a dinner-party guest to inform the hostess if she is a vegetarian.’
    • ‘It was actually a compliment to her as a hostess, that she had made her guest so comfortable and welcome.’
    • ‘Karen Barnes, associate editor of Good Housekeeping magazine, believes it is possible to become the perfect hostess without losing your cool.’
    • ‘‘We're going to play a fun game tonight,’ said the hostess as the guests arrived.’
    • ‘Mama herself is the perfect hostess, her beaming smile, sparkling eyes and brightly printed dress catching the kids' attention from the start.’
    • ‘Some hostesses like to begin by providing an oil fondue so guests may deep-fry their own meat and vegetables, which may then be dunked into various dipping sauces.’
    party-giver, entertainer
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    1. 1.1US A woman employed at a restaurant to welcome and seat customers.
      • ‘The situation could have been avoided if the hostess had just seated us at a table for two (as we had requested), left our menus and water and walked away.’
      • ‘He picked up a newspaper on his way inside and waited for the hostess to seat him.’
      • ‘I walked into a restaurant and asked the hostess to dial 911.’
      • ‘One summer I worked at a pancake house in Maine, and we had a tall, elegant older woman as hostess for the restaurant.’
      • ‘My sister had dreadlocks for about a year, while working as a hostess in a restaurant in the suburbs, and responses ran the entire gamut of hilarity.’
      • ‘In fact one member of his staff was formerly a restaurant hostess and another an accountant who both eventually found themselves in the pastry kitchen.’
      • ‘His girlfriend used to be the restaurant's hostess, but she now helps out during the day, arranging flowers and such.’
      • ‘Suddenly we must process the inevitable assumption by hostesses at restaurants and ticket takers at movie theaters that we are not together.’
      • ‘She regretfully declines, but he becomes obsessed with making her head hostess of his theme restaurant operation.’
      • ‘A few minutes later we were still waiting for the hostess when two blue-haired women entered the restaurant behind us.’
      • ‘She had a job as a hostess at Caleb's restaurant, La Cantina.’
      • ‘And maybe, just maybe, I would get a call from that cute hostess from the Chinese place when I went last week and left my number scrawled on a napkin because Linx dared me to.’
      • ‘She grew up in Sweden, but she would look more at home as hostess of the Athens Cafe in Astoria than in some bikini contest.’
      • ‘On the morning of June 5, 2005, a female graduate from a School of Finance at a Wuhan university began her first day of work as a hostess at a local restaurant.’
      • ‘We walked all together inside the restaurant and waited for the hostess to seat us.’
      • ‘Helen pushes Jerry into asking out Naomi, an attractive restaurant hostess, but is horrified to discover she has an obnoxious laugh.’
      • ‘We were escorted to our seats by a breathy young hostess.’
      • ‘The hostess seated them at a small table by a brook running the full length of the dining area.’
      • ‘For instance, we encounter two delivery nurses, an elementary or preschool teacher, and a restaurant hostess, all of whom are on screen for a very short time.’
      • ‘If you're a waiter or hostess at a local restaurant with little or no ambition who's looking for an after-work hang-out, you'll fit right in here.’
    2. 1.2 A woman employed to entertain customers at a nightclub, bar, or dance hall.
      • ‘To get by, many cash-strapped mistresses go back to work as nightclub hostesses or juggle several patrons at one time to earn extra income.’
      • ‘Nightclub hostesses and air stewardesses were a mundane part of the mix.’
      • ‘After learning of her deception, husband Louis burns her lacy white lingerie, and she is next seen wearing the racy black costume of a nightclub hostess.’
      • ‘Western hostesses who work in Japanese nightclubs don't have sex with their clients - unless they want to, at which point they're free to accept money and gifts.’
      • ‘He started paying to have sex with high-class call girls on a daily basis and once spent £1,300 on a diamond ring for a nightclub hostess he had known ‘for five minutes’.’
      • ‘The hostesses sit with the customers, but she only sells the wine. She brings them their pink champagne.’
      • ‘More than 46 percent of these women work as bar hostesses, followed by waitresses and factory workers.’
      • ‘The hostess that escorted us to our table was very nice and polite.’
      • ‘She was working as a hostess in a Tokyo nightclub when she disappeared in July 2000 after visiting him.’
      • ‘She thought of this as the tall blonde hostess led her to the booth in which Andrea, Ryan, and Andrea's current boyfriend Eduardo were sitting.’
      • ‘She began working as a nightclub hostess when she met and married a drunken dentist who committed suicide three years after her execution.’
      • ‘This tale of two nightclub hostesses (played by Sylvia Syms and June Ritchie) unfolds in a deracinated Britain where moral certainties are being eroded by affluence.’
      • ‘Still, there are sharply etched performances from Duncan Bell as the agonised Christopher, Hugh Ross as his hedonistic brother and Juliet Cadzow as a maternal nightclub hostess.’
      • ‘He also enthusiastically encouraged her in her plan to become a nightclub hostess and she duly went to work in a clip joint off Piccadilly.’
      • ‘In one lounge, a heavily made-up Chinese hostess with robustly arched eyebrows sits calmly at a table, playing solitaire as she puffs on a cigarette.’
      • ‘Hostessing is an integral part of Japanese culture, but pretty, blonde western hostesses were highly prized in any nightclub.’
      • ‘A nightclub hostess has been charged with relieving a 56 year old American of his treasured valuables.’
      • ‘Ruth Ellis, a night-club hostess, was the last woman to be executed in Britain in 1955.’
      • ‘Japanese hostesses sit with the customers and provide conversation while continually filling the glasses.’
      • ‘Once inside Johnson immediately abandoned Michael while he flirted with a waitress-bar hostess he knew.’
      paid companion
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    3. 1.3 A stewardess on an aircraft, train, etc.
      • ‘I ask one of the hostesses when I may expect to receive a drink and she cries out in irritation, ‘Back to your seat.’’
      • ‘Of its 120 staff, AirCalin is left with just 10 hostesses and stewards to maintain operations.’
      • ‘And when we go on these holidays, we are no longer fed free on the flights, as our hostesses offer us refreshments from their ‘pay-bar’.’
      • ‘To suit the occasion, the stewards and hostesses sported the Lebanese look, and Arabic music and fragrance completed the Arabic experience.’
      • ‘The cabin crew had been specially selected for the flight and amongst these hostesses were nurses and linguists fluent in French, Spanish and Italian.’
      • ‘Two hostesses or stewardesses in matching outfits enter.’
      • ‘Before they got on, the hostess disinfected his seat and the floor around it.’
      • ‘The daylong flight was tolerable in business class, with legroom and hostesses to fuss over us.’
      • ‘The flotilla usually comprises of 8/10 boats, one of which, referred to as the lead boat, carries a skipper, hostess and an engineer.’
      • ‘The ride up was mainly uneventful, it was a three-hour trip and the hostess of the train car kept us entertained with games and trivia about the Grand Canyon.’
      • ‘It was a gorgeous airbus, plenty of spare seats and most professional and courteous hostesses / stewards.’
      • ‘It's also the only train I know where hostesses mix piña coladas and rum punches on each car's roof.’
      • ‘The strike was called by the Union of Kanak and Exploited Workers and the commercial and navigation staff union which represents hostesses, stewards and commercial staff.’
      server, waitress, stewardess, steward, attendant
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    4. 1.4 A woman who introduces a television or radio program.
      ‘a game-show hostess’
      • ‘Just over three weeks earlier she landed the job as hostess on BBC Television's ‘It's a Knockout’.’
      • ‘The end result is an unsatisfying film in which poverty, the exploitation of children and other social problems are just backdrops for a rather average tale about a street hustler and a television hostess.’
      • ‘Of those polled, 19.1 percent picked Chang as their dream boss, followed by popular television hostess Chang Hsiao-yen at 18.2 percent.’
      • ‘Of the two who were named, one, a British television hostess, had told her story to Premiere magazine years ago, and it has been widely known and largely ignored.’
      • ‘What if he was the person in the pictures and the female was a television program hostess, but they were just having a liaison with no job favors involved?’
      • ‘Local people in trouble like to turn to Ye Sha, the hostess of a night call-in talk programme called ‘Sunrise companion.’’
      • ‘After the broadcast, radio hostesses give children goodie bags to take home, physical reminders to reinforce their message long after the show.’
      • ‘The other day, the hostess of a popular talk show on a Tamil channel announced on screen that she was sporting a ‘malivu vilai’ saree.’
      • ‘After her A Levels, Geri left and became a hairdresser, keep fit instructor, dancer, waitress, sales assistant, nude model, game show hostess and finally Spice Girl.’
      • ‘Star Jones, a US television hostess, even had an ‘official airline’ for her much-trailed wedding last November.’
      • ‘You worked together in ‘Dogville’ and the film ‘Birth’ and the legend label was used by a British morning show hostess.’
      • ‘However, she started down a different career path after being chosen as the hostess for a radio programme for university students.’
      • ‘Like a lot of such women, she sounds as if she is auditioning for a job as a game show hostess.’
      • ‘For a while she became an underwear model for Lejaby, but her big break came when she landed the job as hostess in the TV gameshow Wheel of Fortune.’
      • ‘The Guard stands ready to serve and couldn't care less what some blonde under-fed bubble-headed morning show hostess has to say about their situation.’
      • ‘This meant that local television stations could use their own hostesses in lieu of national hosts if they chose.’
      • ‘Li, a self-described feng shui expert, visited Taiwan in 1992 and married a former television hostess.’
      • ‘Ros Davidson examines the mega-clout wielded by the chat-show hostess from humble Mississippi.’
      • ‘As callers are using the anonymity of radio, they can bare their souls to the hostess and even to the whole city across the air waves.’
      • ‘She was the hostess of a daily talk show ‘Play Around With Jenny’ which I always watch.’


Middle English: from Old French ( h)ostesse, feminine of ( h)oste (see host).