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From Middle English steward, 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).[1][2] Compare Icelandic stívarður ‎(steward). More at sty, ward.


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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈstjuː.ə(ɹ)d/
  • Hyphenation: stew‧ard


steward ‎(plural stewards)

  1. A person who manages the property or affairs for another entity.
  2. A ship's officer who is in charge of making dining arrangements and provisions.
    • 1915, George A. Birmingham, Gossamer, chapterI:
      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.
  3. A flight attendant, especially but not exclusively a male flight attendant. Often as "air steward", "airline steward", etc.
  4. A union member who is selected as a representative for fellow workers in negotiating terms with management.
  5. A person who has charge of buildings and/or grounds and/or animals.
  6. A fiscal agent of certain bodies.
    a steward in a Methodist church
  7. 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.
  8. 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?)
  9. 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.



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steward ‎(third-person singular simple present stewards, present participle stewarding, simple past and past participle stewarded)

  1. To act as the steward or caretaker of (something)


  1. ^ American Heritage Dictionary
  2. ^ Oxford Online Dictionary




Borrowing from English steward.


steward m ‎(plural stewards)

  1. steward

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