Meaning of hostess in English:

hostess

Translate hostess into Spanish

noun

  • 1A woman who receives or entertains guests.

    ‘the perfect dinner-party hostess’
    • ‘But it was beauteous Jayaprada who seemed all over the place at Annapurna Studios playing a perfect hostess and receiving prominent guests.’
    • ‘In an attempt to further increase the response rate from manners-challenged guests, hosts and hostesses resorted to pre-stamping the envelopes.’
    • ‘I partially agree with Peggy Post's answer to whether or not it is appropriate for a dinner-party guest to inform the hostess if she is a vegetarian.’
    • ‘‘We're going to play a fun game tonight,’ said the hostess as the guests arrived.’
    • ‘Whereas in the past you could just serve up three courses for all guests and hope they enjoyed your cooking, these days a wise hostess checks with her guests about genuine intolerance.’
    • ‘When we entered the large hallway a woman quickly came to greet us and I could tell by her dress that she was either one of the guests or the hostess - definitely not a servant.’
    • ‘I guess I just like to be the perfect hostess - flowers on the nightstand, toiletries, favorite foods, etc.’
    • ‘Karen Barnes, associate editor of Good Housekeeping magazine, believes it is possible to become the perfect hostess without losing your cool.’
    • ‘Mama herself is the perfect hostess, her beaming smile, sparkling eyes and brightly printed dress catching the kids' attention from the start.’
    • ‘I must remember to thank her for being the perfect hostess.’
    • ‘In this environment she is the embodiment of the perfect hostess, but this doesn't mean that's all there is to Delia Smith.’
    • ‘Everything was going fine as I acted the perfect hostess, running to and fro with refreshments.’
    • ‘Mrs. Dalloway is about another woman named Clarissa, an upper-middle-class woman, a perfect hostess, who is planning a party.’
    • ‘If homemade gifts are one of your talents, this could be the perfect gift for your hostess.’
    • ‘And for those a little shaky on how to make a good Chinese cuppa, one of the gracious hostesses will provide gentle instruction.’
    • ‘Some hostesses like to begin by providing an oil fondue so guests may deep-fry their own meat and vegetables, which may then be dunked into various dipping sauces.’
    • ‘A Chinese hostess will usually say to her guests she has nothing to offer them but some coarse food and plain tea.’
    • ‘It was actually a compliment to her as a hostess, that she had made her guest so comfortable and welcome.’
    • ‘I warn you, ladies and gentlemen, our hostess is talented in every art and craft imaginable.’
    • ‘The guests can simply help themselves and the hostess is free to join her own party, rather than circulate with a bottle.’
    party-giver, entertainer, hostess
    1. 1.1A woman employed to welcome and entertain customers at a nightclub or bar.
      ‘She began working as a nightclub hostess when she met and married a drunken dentist who committed suicide three years after her execution.’
      • ‘Ruth Ellis, a night-club hostess, was the last woman to be executed in Britain in 1955.’
      • ‘She was working as a hostess in a Tokyo nightclub when she disappeared in July 2000 after visiting him.’
      • ‘He also enthusiastically encouraged her in her plan to become a nightclub hostess and she duly went to work in a clip joint off Piccadilly.’
      • ‘This tale of two nightclub hostesses (played by Sylvia Syms and June Ritchie) unfolds in a deracinated Britain where moral certainties are being eroded by affluence.’
      • ‘To get by, many cash-strapped mistresses go back to work as nightclub hostesses or juggle several patrons at one time to earn extra income.’
      • ‘After learning of her deception, husband Louis burns her lacy white lingerie, and she is next seen wearing the racy black costume of a nightclub hostess.’
      • ‘A nightclub hostess has been charged with relieving a 56 year old American of his treasured valuables.’
      • ‘He started paying to have sex with high-class call girls on a daily basis and once spent £1,300 on a diamond ring for a nightclub hostess he had known ‘for five minutes’.’
      • ‘Nightclub hostesses and air stewardesses were a mundane part of the mix.’
      • ‘The hostesses sit with the customers, but she only sells the wine. She brings them their pink champagne.’
      • ‘Western hostesses who work in Japanese nightclubs don't have sex with their clients - unless they want to, at which point they're free to accept money and gifts.’
      • ‘Hostessing is an integral part of Japanese culture, but pretty, blonde western hostesses were highly prized in any nightclub.’
      • ‘More than 46 percent of these women work as bar hostesses, followed by waitresses and factory workers.’
      • ‘Japanese hostesses sit with the customers and provide conversation while continually filling the glasses.’
      • ‘Still, there are sharply etched performances from Duncan Bell as the agonised Christopher, Hugh Ross as his hedonistic brother and Juliet Cadzow as a maternal nightclub hostess.’
      • ‘The hostess that escorted us to our table was very nice and polite.’
      • ‘Once inside Johnson immediately abandoned Michael while he flirted with a waitress-bar hostess he knew.’
      • ‘In one lounge, a heavily made-up Chinese hostess with robustly arched eyebrows sits calmly at a table, playing solitaire as she puffs on a cigarette.’
      • ‘She thought of this as the tall blonde hostess led her to the booth in which Andrea, Ryan, and Andrea's current boyfriend Eduardo were sitting.’
      paid companion, hostess
    2. 1.2A stewardess on an aircraft, train, etc.
      ‘Two hostesses or stewardesses in matching outfits enter.’
      • ‘It's also the only train I know where hostesses mix piña coladas and rum punches on each car's roof.’
      • ‘The strike was called by the Union of Kanak and Exploited Workers and the commercial and navigation staff union which represents hostesses, stewards and commercial staff.’
      • ‘To suit the occasion, the stewards and hostesses sported the Lebanese look, and Arabic music and fragrance completed the Arabic experience.’
      • ‘Of its 120 staff, AirCalin is left with just 10 hostesses and stewards to maintain operations.’
      • ‘The ride up was mainly uneventful, it was a three-hour trip and the hostess of the train car kept us entertained with games and trivia about the Grand Canyon.’
      • ‘It was a gorgeous airbus, plenty of spare seats and most professional and courteous hostesses / stewards.’
      • ‘I ask one of the hostesses when I may expect to receive a drink and she cries out in irritation, ‘Back to your seat.’’
      • ‘Before they got on, the hostess disinfected his seat and the floor around it.’
      • ‘The flotilla usually comprises of 8/10 boats, one of which, referred to as the lead boat, carries a skipper, hostess and an engineer.’
      • ‘And when we go on these holidays, we are no longer fed free on the flights, as our hostesses offer us refreshments from their ‘pay-bar’.’
      • ‘The cabin crew had been specially selected for the flight and amongst these hostesses were nurses and linguists fluent in French, Spanish and Italian.’
      • ‘The daylong flight was tolerable in business class, with legroom and hostesses to fuss over us.’
      server, waitress, stewardess, steward, attendant
    3. 1.3A woman who presents a television or radio programme.
      ‘a game-show hostess’
      • ‘However, she started down a different career path after being chosen as the hostess for a radio programme for university students.’
      • ‘After the broadcast, radio hostesses give children goodie bags to take home, physical reminders to reinforce their message long after the show.’
      • ‘The end result is an unsatisfying film in which poverty, the exploitation of children and other social problems are just backdrops for a rather average tale about a street hustler and a television hostess.’
      • ‘What if he was the person in the pictures and the female was a television program hostess, but they were just having a liaison with no job favors involved?’
      • ‘Just over three weeks earlier she landed the job as hostess on BBC Television's ‘It's a Knockout’.’
      • ‘Of those polled, 19.1 percent picked Chang as their dream boss, followed by popular television hostess Chang Hsiao-yen at 18.2 percent.’
      • ‘Li, a self-described feng shui expert, visited Taiwan in 1992 and married a former television hostess.’
      • ‘The other day, the hostess of a popular talk show on a Tamil channel announced on screen that she was sporting a ‘malivu vilai’ saree.’
      • ‘This meant that local television stations could use their own hostesses in lieu of national hosts if they chose.’
      • ‘She was the hostess of a daily talk show ‘Play Around With Jenny’ which I always watch.’
      • ‘Star Jones, a US television hostess, even had an ‘official airline’ for her much-trailed wedding last November.’
      • ‘Ros Davidson examines the mega-clout wielded by the chat-show hostess from humble Mississippi.’
      • ‘After her A Levels, Geri left and became a hairdresser, keep fit instructor, dancer, waitress, sales assistant, nude model, game show hostess and finally Spice Girl.’
      • ‘For a while she became an underwear model for Lejaby, but her big break came when she landed the job as hostess in the TV gameshow Wheel of Fortune.’
      • ‘Like a lot of such women, she sounds as if she is auditioning for a job as a game show hostess.’
      • ‘Of the two who were named, one, a British television hostess, had told her story to Premiere magazine years ago, and it has been widely known and largely ignored.’
      • ‘As callers are using the anonymity of radio, they can bare their souls to the hostess and even to the whole city across the air waves.’
      • ‘You worked together in ‘Dogville’ and the film ‘Birth’ and the legend label was used by a British morning show hostess.’
      • ‘The Guard stands ready to serve and couldn't care less what some blonde under-fed bubble-headed morning show hostess has to say about their situation.’
      • ‘Local people in trouble like to turn to Ye Sha, the hostess of a night call-in talk programme called ‘Sunrise companion.’’

Pronunciation

hostess

/ˈhəʊstəs/ /həʊˈstɛs/

Origin

Middle English from Old French (h)ostesse, feminine of (h)oste (see host).