Definition of steward in US English:

steward

noun

  • 1A person who looks after the passengers on a ship, aircraft, or train and brings them meals.

    • ‘Most of them were relegated to rear echelon positions or they were stewards on the boats or on the ships.’
    • ‘The former ship's steward even got a chance to pilot a canal boat.’
    • ‘He asks the air steward for a coffee.’
    • ‘Well, if yes, then you might just be a prospective air hostess or a flight steward.’
    • ‘The dining car steward soon came by taking dinner reservations.’
    • ‘Dave works as a cabin crew air steward, but is hoping for a career as a commercial airline pilot.’
    • ‘The Filipino cabin steward arrived with afternoon tea and dinner menus.’
    • ‘And then there were the night stewards, usually an older steward who had spent his entire career with the ship line.’
    • ‘According to a Maritime Union spokesman, the company should provide an extra steward once passenger numbers pass 500 but it has a history of leaving the ships short-handed.’
    • ‘We watched the passengers disembark, then asked the steward for shore passes.’
    • ‘Arriving passengers greet their cabin stewards and table waiters like long-lost family friends with smiling handshakes, hugs and much backslapping.’
    • ‘When I disembarked on my last cruise in December, I ran into the young man who had been our dining-room steward on the ship.’
    • ‘Next the dining steward made our reservation for dinner.’
    • ‘I am happy to report that I wore the button, and that neither their passengers, cabin stewards, nor pilots were hysterical.’
    • ‘Also, when I tried to retrieve my bag stored above the passengers seat, I was helped by a gentleman not by a steward or stewardess who just stood staring.’
    • ‘His father, a flight steward, held a light-aircraft pilot's licence and would take his son flying with him.’
    • ‘But as the pair were returning to York, a steward on the train asked them if they would wait for all other passengers to leave first.’
    • ‘Shortly after Hammond, the dining car steward came by to make dinner reservations.’
    • ‘The first-class passengers had padded seats and a steward to serve them.’
    • ‘Instead, a steward will collect your cases once the ship has docked and will even help you pack.’
    flight attendant, cabin attendant, member of the cabin staff
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  • 2A person responsible for supplies of food to a college, club, or other institution.

    • ‘When he arrived, the large room was filled with people, ranging from the cook and the steward to the engineer and the linguist.’
    • ‘The club steward ushered those left in the club down into the cellar.’
    • ‘She is a steward aboard the ship that had been stationed off the coast of Iraq since early this year.’
    • ‘He became a steward in the merchant navy, and was a trade union activist.’
    major-domo, seneschal, manciple
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  • 3An official appointed to supervise arrangements or keep order at a large public event, for example a sporting event.

    • ‘Meanwhile the union is training 250 union stewards to provide counseling and help in directing laid-off workers to aid agencies.’
    • ‘Stewards suspended him for three months for failing to report the issue.’
    • ‘The company which supplies the stewards has also apologised for the manner in which people were asked to leave.’
    • ‘Following an inquiry, stewards disqualified him from both races and redistributed his purse earnings earlier this year.’
    • ‘Some of them even approached the stewards to demand a recount but the stewards aren't a very forgiving bunch.’
    • ‘Tony's talents are not alone utilised for big games but he is a voluntary steward for club games all the year round.’
    • ‘The club needs stewards to work at Palace home games.’
    • ‘The stewards ruled that the race had been used as a schooling ground.’
    • ‘The cost of hiring four police officers and 15 trained stewards is expected to cost the group more than £1,000.’
    • ‘They use a lot of stewards - there is a steward on every entrance down to the concourses.’
    • ‘Then he is seen to be stepping back into the crowd, two or three deep, and is then seen pushing at club stewards.’
    • ‘The stewards inquired into the performance of Grafton Style, which finished 11th in this contest.’
    • ‘Track officials ordered the evacuation of a crowd of about 1,500 in the grandstand and, with two minutes to post time, the stewards ordered the third race cancelled.’
    • ‘When we attempted to train the stewards in the principles of popular education, we learned how hard it is for people who have been organizing for years to think of themselves as educators.’
    • ‘It was the second time in just over three months that appeal stewards have overturned the findings of stipendiary stewards.’
    • ‘Each block elected a steward to make sure people knew what was going on.’
    • ‘We have very highly trained stewards, head stewards and safety officers, very many of whom are from a policing background.’
    • ‘The stewards inquired into some close riding between the first pair on the run from the last.’
    • ‘Stewards had ruled that there was a causal link between the drug and the fatal breakdown.’
    • ‘The centres have committees specialising in different forms of motor cycle sport and accredited stewards trained to consider race organisation, including the safety of riders and spectators.’
    official, marshal, organizer
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  • 4

    short for shop steward
  • 5A person employed to manage another's property, especially a large house or estate.

    • ‘The house steward, Donald, picked up her baggage from rear of the carriage.’
    • ‘If you were doing a light-hearted story about the lot of a property steward, and wanted to convey a bit of spontaneity, forget it.’
    • ‘Landowners protected their interests by studying land law at the Inns of Court and by appointing qualified stewards to manage estates effectively.’
    • ‘In medieval Poland, Jewish estate stewards were often seen by the peasants as their direct exploiters rather than as the representatives of the feudal lords they really were.’
    • ‘More than 150 are trained house managers and stewards.’
    • ‘He lived in the steward's house and owned most of the estate at Annaghmakerrig.’
    • ‘She is an active member of the Guides Association, which she joined as a Guide Leader in 1985, and is a volunteer steward at Harewood House.’
    • ‘The steward of his household sent messengers ahead to take word to the Ethiopian soldiers waiting in Nabatea for their sovereign to join him.’
    • ‘Domestic staff, including stewards and ladies in waiting who attended to the Queen Mother, will be given a special sneak preview of the restored 19th-century residence.’
    • ‘But, in this case, it turns out Stewart is a good steward of her property.’
    • ‘Down on the lawn, she excused herself from the others and walked toward the tree that shaded her father and the steward.’
    • ‘The steward and farm manager are nominated and voted into office by adult colony members.’
    • ‘Anyone interested in history could also help the Trust with its research into the many aspects of the property and there is always the opportunity to train as a house steward.’
    • ‘But it was when she retired that her ardour for history emerged, she joined the Richmond Society and began working as a steward at Ham House.’
    • ‘They do not have the vote when it comes to election of colony leaders such as minister, steward and farm manager.’
    • ‘If you can't get a rag out of somebody's garbage, the steward of any estate will give you something to cover your nakedness.’
    • ‘Members may know that under the manorial system, the bailiff, the steward, and the reeve were important officers.’
    • ‘In fact, being steward of these properties is a huge financial liability.’
    • ‘A good steward manages his owner's property well.’
    • ‘Liset keeps accounts for two estates and two stewards.’
    manager, estate manager, agent, overseer, custodian, caretaker
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    1. 5.1 A person whose responsibility it is to take care of something.
      ‘farmers pride themselves on being stewards of the countryside’
      • ‘He then put human beings throughout the world, giving them great power as stewards of all Creation.’
      • ‘We should see ourselves as stewards of the earth and not masters.’
      • ‘With strong partners, we have an opportunity to create active stewards of our fragile coastal environment.’
      • ‘Instead, within one kingdom, God's people live as stewards of God's creation.’
      • ‘"Our hope is just to be good stewards of the land," he said.’
      • ‘We are indeed stewards of Creation, appointed as such by God.’
      • ‘These environmental stewards manage the forests with love for the environment and rational science to provide wood for our nation and a future for their children.’
      • ‘Religious communities are bringing out the dimension that we are stewards of the earth.’
      • ‘What he does not seem to be is the self-effacing steward, in a long line of self-effacing stewards, of the world's greatest newspaper.’
      • ‘Underlying it all is the desire to be good stewards of the land.’
      • ‘Siva's devotees who are scientists are protectors of humanity and stewards of the Earth.’
      • ‘Our planet is to be honoured because it reflects something of our Maker and also because we are commanded to be responsible stewards.’
      • ‘We can make a difference in helping families become stewards of God's precious gift of time together.’
      • ‘Corporate agriculture is turning family and peasant farmers from stewards of the land into servants, or eradicating their livelihoods completely.’
      • ‘You have been entrusted by the American people as stewards of the public airwaves.’
      • ‘How are you a faithful steward of the gifts God has given you for the sake of the whole church?’
      • ‘As responsible stewards of the resources entrusted to us, we constantly re-evaluate our programs.’
      • ‘As a result, the students become informed stewards of this precious natural resource.’
      • ‘Such rapid growth also tests their mettle as stewards of the built environment.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1(of an official) supervise arrangements or keep order at (a large public event)

    ‘the event was organized and stewarded properly’
    • ‘My other half was stewarding at the London event and was happy by the way things were going when I spoke to him a couple of hours ago.’
    • ‘The small charge is a contribution towards the costs of providing and stewarding the area.’
    • ‘That's why these events need to be licensed and stewarded.’
    • ‘The village society is appealing for more volunteers to help steward the event, particularly people with knowledge of sound systems and amplification.’
    • ‘That date allowed both events to take place, with a casual workforce likely to steward the festival.’
    • ‘Anyone interested in stewarding, please forward their names to any officer of the club.’
    • ‘Road Club members will be stewarding all access roads on the route and the co-operation of the public would be greatly appreciated.’
    • ‘Thanks to my pal Blake for stewarding all of this.’
    • ‘The 10k course, which passes through Croydon and Shirley, will be stewarded by members of Croydon Lions and Croydon Harriers.’
    • ‘The monthly event, stewarded by the cruisers themselves, aims at driving away the minority of troublemakers who race each other and perform dangerous, screeching wheelspins.’
    • ‘The route will be fully stewarded and clearly signposted throughout and there will be refreshment points on the route.’
    • ‘Thanks should also go to the two local councillors who helped the Community Association steward the event.’
    • ‘So it was with this recently gained information that I found myself inside said giant tent, freezing to death stewarding a Greek concert.’
    • ‘Proceeds are ploughed back into the show, with some donations going to Bingley Rotary Club, which stewards the event.’
    • ‘Kingston University's equal opportunities officer said students and volunteers would help steward the event.’
  • 2Manage or look after (another's property).

    • ‘Even if they did not quite trust him to steward their money, they trusted capable, honest Paul.’
    • ‘A year ago, they made plans to leave it to the foundation which will steward the land.’
    • ‘Increasingly, church leaders understand there is a higher degree of accountability for those of us who steward funds.’
    • ‘It is true she has stewarded his estate well, building it into a fortune worth about #575 million.’
    • ‘What if all other forms of capital were to be stewarded this way?’

Origin

Old English stīweard, from stig (probably in the sense ‘house, hall’) + weard ‘ward’. The verb dates from the early 17th century.

Pronunciation

steward

/ˈst(j)uərd//ˈst(y)o͞oərd/