hostess

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Etymology[edit]

Middle English hostesse, from Middle French hostesse, from Old French ostesce, made up of oste (host) + -esce (feminine marker).

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Noun[edit]

hostess (plural hostesses)

  1. A female host.
    The host and hostess greeted their guests at the door.
    • 2013 August 10, Lexington, “Keeping the mighty honest”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8848: 
      The [Washington] Post's proprietor through those turbulent [Watergate] days, Katharine Graham, held a double place in Washington’s hierarchy: at once regal Georgetown hostess and scrappy newshound, ready to hold the establishment to account.
  2. A female innkeeper.
  3. Stewardess: a woman steward on an airplane.
  4. A bar hostess or bargirl; a paid female companion offering conversation and in some cases sex.

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