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ˈstu ərd, ˈstyu-stew·ard

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stewardnoun

    someone who manages property or other affairs for someone else

  2. stewardnoun

    the ship's officer who is in charge of provisions and dining arrangements

  3. steward, flight attendantnoun

    an attendant on an airplane

  4. shop steward, stewardnoun

    a union member who is elected to represent fellow workers in negotiating with management

  5. custodian, keeper, stewardnoun

    one having charge of buildings or grounds or animals


  1. stewardnoun

    A person who manages the property or affairs for another entity.

  2. stewardnoun

    A ship's officer who is in charge of making dining arrangements and provisions.

  3. stewardnoun

    A flight attendant, especially but not exclusively a male flight attendant. Often as "air steward", "airline steward", etc.

  4. stewardnoun

    A union member who is selected as a representative for fellow workers in negotiating terms with management. [syn: shop steward]

  5. stewardnoun

    A person who has charge of buildings and/or grounds and/or animals. [syn: custodian, keeper]

  6. stewardnoun

    In IT, somebody who is responsible for managing a set of projects, products or technologies and how they affect the IT organization to which they belong.

  7. stewardverb

    To act as the steward or caretaker of (something)

  8. Stewardnoun

    An English surname, a variant of Stewart.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. STEWARDnoun

    Etymology: stiward , Saxon.

    There sat yclad in red,
    Down to the ground, a comely personage,
    That in his hand a white rod managed;
    He steward was, hight diet, ripe of age,
    And in demeanour sober, and in council sage. Fa. Queen.

    Whilst I have gold, I’ll be his steward still. William Shakespeare, Timon.

    Take on you the charge
    And kingly government of this your land;
    Not as protector, steward, substitute,
    Or lowly factor for another’s gain. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    How is it that I hear this of thee? Give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward. Lu. xvi.

    When a steward defrauds his lord, he must connive at the rest of the servants while they are following the same practice. Jonathan Swift.

    What can be a greater honour than to be chosen one of the stewards and dispensers of God’s bounty to mankind? What can give a generous spirit more complacency than to consider, that great numbers owe to him, under God, their subsistence, and the good conduct of their lives? Jonathan Swift.

    The duke of Suffolk is the first, and claims
    To be high steward. William Shakespeare.


  1. steward

    A steward is a person who manages or takes care of property, finances, or other affairs for someone else, often in a work setting like a business or organization. This role requires responsibility, trust, organization, and problem-solving skills. Additionally, in the context of an airplane, ship, or train, a steward or stewardess refers to the person who serves and assists passengers.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stewardnoun

    a man employed in a large family, or on a large estate, to manage the domestic concerns, supervise other servants, collect the rents or income, keep accounts, and the like

  2. Stewardnoun

    a person employed in a hotel, or a club, or on board a ship, to provide for the table, superintend the culinary affairs, etc. In naval vessels, the captain's steward, wardroom steward, steerage steward, warrant officers steward, etc., are petty officers who provide for the messes under their charge

  3. Stewardnoun

    a fiscal agent of certain bodies; as, a steward in a Methodist church

  4. Stewardnoun

    in some colleges, an officer who provides food for the students and superintends the kitchen; also, an officer who attends to the accounts of the students

  5. Stewardnoun

    in Scotland, a magistrate appointed by the crown to exercise jurisdiction over royal lands

  6. Stewardverb

    to manage as a steward

  7. Etymology: [OE. stiward, AS. stweard, stigweard, literally, a sty ward; stigu sty + weard warden, guardian, -- his first duty having been probably to attend to the domestic animals. 164. See Sty pen for swine, Ward.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Steward

    stū′ard, n. one who manages the domestic concerns of a family or institution: one who superintends another's affairs, esp. an estate or farm: the manager of the provision department, &c., at sea: a manager at races, games, &c.: the treasurer of a congregation, a guild or society, &c.—ns. Stew′ardess, a female steward: a female who waits on ladies on shipboard; Stew′ardship, Stew′ardry, office of a steward: management; Stew′artry (Scot.), a stewardship, or the extent of a stewardship—still applied esp. to the county of Kirkcudbright.—Lord High Steward, one of the great officers of state, and anciently the first officer of the crown in England. [A.S. stíg-weardstigo, a sty, weard, a ward.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. steward

    There are several persons under this appellation in most ships, according to their size, appointed to the charge of the sea-stores of the various grades. The paymaster's steward has most to do, having to serve the crew, and therefore has assistants, distinguished by the sobriquet of Jack-o'-the-dust, &c. In large passenger ships which do not carry a purser, part of his duties devolves upon the captain's steward. In smaller merchant ships the special duties of the steward are not heavy, so that he assists in the working of the ship, and in tacking; his station is, ex officio, the main-sheet.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Steward is ranked #1610 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Steward surname appeared 22,318 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 8 would have the surname Steward.

    55.4% or 12,384 total occurrences were White.
    37.7% or 8,427 total occurrences were Black.
    3.1% or 696 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.5% or 569 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.6% or 145 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 96 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'steward' in Nouns Frequency: #2484

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of steward in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of steward in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of steward in a Sentence

  1. Rita Scott:

    The MARTA Board of Directors grieves the shocking death of Jeffrey Parker who has died by suicide, jeffrey Parker was an outstanding leader and steward of Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority whose passing leaves us all heartbroken.

  2. Donald Trump:

    I am confident that with Jay as a wise steward of the Federal Reserve, it will have the leadership it needs in the years to come.

  3. Juan Salazar:

    It's really about us thinking about our sustainability goals... and being a good corporate steward, this is the standard we set for the company going forward.

  4. Annie Julia Lockett:

    Oh shucks, I love the kids so much, there's so much I didn't do in my younger days. I had to find a way to make my life mean something. I made it my business to be a good steward. I want to make the kids the heroes.

  5. Chief Executive Don Layton:

    We continue to be a good steward of taxpayer money.

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