What does hostess mean?

Definitions for hostess
ˈhoʊ stɪshost·ess

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hostessnoun

    a woman host

  2. hostessnoun

    a woman innkeeper

  3. stewardess, air hostess, hostessnoun

    a woman steward on an airplane


  1. hostessnoun

    A female host.

  2. hostessnoun

    A female innkeeper.

  3. hostessnoun

    Stewardess: a woman steward on an airplane.

  4. hostessnoun

    a bar hostess or bargirl, a paid, female companion offering conversation and in some cases sex.

  5. Etymology: hostesse, from hostesse, from ostesce, made up of oste + -esce.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hostessnoun

    A female host; a woman that gives entertainment.

    Etymology: hostesse, French, from host.

    Fair and noble hostess,
    We are your guest to-night. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Ye were beaten out of door,
    And rail’d upon the hostess of the house. William Shakespeare.

    Be as kind an hostess as you have been to me, and you can never fail of another husband. John Dryden, Æn. Dedicat.


  1. hostess

    A hostess is a female person who receives or entertains guests socially, commercially, or officially. In a commercial context, a hostess is often employed in venues like restaurants or event settings to welcome, guide, or serve customers or attendees. The term can also refer to a woman who hosts an event or broadcast.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hostessnoun

    a female host; a woman who hospitably entertains guests at her house

  2. Hostessnoun

    a woman who entertains guests for compensation; a female innkeeper

  3. Etymology: [OE. hostesse, ostesse. See Host a landlord.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hostess in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hostess in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of hostess in a Sentence

  1. Rebecca Rothney:

    The great thing is that everybody from the age of 2 to the age of 102 can pack for a purpose, it’s like your mother always told you: When you go visit someone, take a hostess gift.

  2. Miles Romney:

    That's right. Those were built about two and a half years ago, but I'm told they're still good, there is nothing about a Hostess Twinkie that has ever seen the inside of a cow.

  3. Dana Lubet:

    You might not get a job as hostess at the restaurant, but by the same token people that have a lot of missing teeth live to tell the tales.

  4. Milt Suchin:

    Shirley Boone was more accomplished than is generally known, best selling author, recording artist, TV hostess, humanitarian and the origin of Mercy Corps, a top ten hunger relief organization worldwide, a half-billion-dollar annual budget, which started in the Pat Boone -RRB- Ive home. Millions know her for her Christian ministry.

  5. Chantel Bonneau:

    Encourage your child to moonlight, there are all different ways to bring in extra income, like house-sitting, babysitting, dog-sitting, yard work, bartending, hostess and catering events.

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    a small contrasting part of something
    • A. swathing
    • B. maculation
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