From Middle English, from Old English stīweard, stīġweard (“steward, housekeeper, one who has the superintendence of household affairs, guardian”), from stīġ in the sense house, hall + weard (“ward, guard, guardian, keeper”). Compare Icelandic stívarður (“steward”). More at sty, ward.
steward (plural stewards)
- A person who manages the property or affairs for another entity.
- A ship's officer who is in charge of making dining arrangements and provisions.
1915, George A. Birmingham, Gossamer, chapter 1:
- There is an hour or two, after the passengers have embarked, which is disquieting and fussy. Mail bags, so I understand, are being put on board. Stewards, carrying cabin trunks, swarm in the corridors. Passengers wander restlessly about or hurry, with futile energy, from place to place.
- A flight attendant, especially but not exclusively a male flight attendant. Often as "air steward", "airline steward", etc.
- A union member who is selected as a representative for fellow workers in negotiating terms with management.
- A person who has charge of buildings and/or grounds and/or animals.
- A fiscal agent of certain bodies.
- a steward in a Methodist church
- 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.
- In Scotland, a magistrate appointed by the crown to exercise jurisdiction over royal lands.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Erskine to this entry?)
- In information technology, somebody who is responsible for managing a set of projects, products or technologies and how they affect the IT organization to which they belong.
- To act as the steward or caretaker of (something)
2007 May 1, Richard G. Jones, “An Acting Governor’s Balancing Act: Taking the Lead Without Stepping on Toes”, New York Times:
- Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski, a Democrat from Middlesex County, said, “It’s an uncomfortable situation,” but added that Mr. Codey is nevertheless “ably stewarding the state.”
steward m (plural stewards)