Definition of steward in English:

steward

noun

  • 1A person employed to look after the passengers on a ship, aircraft, or train.

    • ‘Arriving passengers greet their cabin stewards and table waiters like long-lost family friends with smiling handshakes, hugs and much backslapping.’
    • ‘When I disembarked on my last cruise in December, I ran into the young man who had been our dining-room steward on the ship.’
    • ‘But as the pair were returning to York, a steward on the train asked them if they would wait for all other passengers to leave first.’
    • ‘According to a Maritime Union spokesman, the company should provide an extra steward once passenger numbers pass 500 but it has a history of leaving the ships short-handed.’
    • ‘I am happy to report that I wore the button, and that neither their passengers, cabin stewards, nor pilots were hysterical.’
    • ‘Well, if yes, then you might just be a prospective air hostess or a flight steward.’
    • ‘And then there were the night stewards, usually an older steward who had spent his entire career with the ship line.’
    • ‘Also, when I tried to retrieve my bag stored above the passengers seat, I was helped by a gentleman not by a steward or stewardess who just stood staring.’
    • ‘Most of them were relegated to rear echelon positions or they were stewards on the boats or on the ships.’
    • ‘His father, a flight steward, held a light-aircraft pilot's licence and would take his son flying with him.’
    • ‘The first-class passengers had padded seats and a steward to serve them.’
    • ‘We watched the passengers disembark, then asked the steward for shore passes.’
    • ‘Instead, a steward will collect your cases once the ship has docked and will even help you pack.’
    • ‘Dave works as a cabin crew air steward, but is hoping for a career as a commercial airline pilot.’
    • ‘He asks the air steward for a coffee.’
    • ‘The former ship's steward even got a chance to pilot a canal boat.’
    • ‘The dining car steward soon came by taking dinner reservations.’
    • ‘Next the dining steward made our reservation for dinner.’
    • ‘Shortly after Hammond, the dining car steward came by to make dinner reservations.’
    • ‘The Filipino cabin steward arrived with afternoon tea and dinner menus.’
    flight attendant, cabin attendant, member of the cabin staff
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  • 2A person responsible for supplies of food to a college, club, or other institution.

    • ‘When he arrived, the large room was filled with people, ranging from the cook and the steward to the engineer and the linguist.’
    • ‘He became a steward in the merchant navy, and was a trade union activist.’
    • ‘She is a steward aboard the ship that had been stationed off the coast of Iraq since early this year.’
    • ‘The club steward ushered those left in the club down into the cellar.’
    major-domo, seneschal, manciple
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  • 3An official appointed to supervise arrangements or keep order at a large public event, for example a race, match, or demonstration.

    • ‘Track officials ordered the evacuation of a crowd of about 1,500 in the grandstand and, with two minutes to post time, the stewards ordered the third race cancelled.’
    • ‘Following an inquiry, stewards disqualified him from both races and redistributed his purse earnings earlier this year.’
    • ‘The stewards inquired into the performance of Grafton Style, which finished 11th in this contest.’
    • ‘The stewards inquired into some close riding between the first pair on the run from the last.’
    • ‘The stewards ruled that the race had been used as a schooling ground.’
    • ‘Stewards had ruled that there was a causal link between the drug and the fatal breakdown.’
    • ‘Stewards suspended him for three months for failing to report the issue.’
    • ‘Each block elected a steward to make sure people knew what was going on.’
    • ‘When we attempted to train the stewards in the principles of popular education, we learned how hard it is for people who have been organizing for years to think of themselves as educators.’
    • ‘We have very highly trained stewards, head stewards and safety officers, very many of whom are from a policing background.’
    • ‘Meanwhile the union is training 250 union stewards to provide counseling and help in directing laid-off workers to aid agencies.’
    • ‘The cost of hiring four police officers and 15 trained stewards is expected to cost the group more than £1,000.’
    • ‘The centres have committees specialising in different forms of motor cycle sport and accredited stewards trained to consider race organisation, including the safety of riders and spectators.’
    • ‘Some of them even approached the stewards to demand a recount but the stewards aren't a very forgiving bunch.’
    • ‘It was the second time in just over three months that appeal stewards have overturned the findings of stipendiary stewards.’
    • ‘They use a lot of stewards - there is a steward on every entrance down to the concourses.’
    • ‘Tony's talents are not alone utilised for big games but he is a voluntary steward for club games all the year round.’
    • ‘Then he is seen to be stepping back into the crowd, two or three deep, and is then seen pushing at club stewards.’
    • ‘The club needs stewards to work at Palace home games.’
    • ‘The company which supplies the stewards has also apologised for the manner in which people were asked to leave.’
    official, marshal, organizer
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  • 4

    short for shop steward

  • 5A person employed to manage another's property, especially a large house or estate.

    • ‘Landowners protected their interests by studying land law at the Inns of Court and by appointing qualified stewards to manage estates effectively.’
    • ‘A good steward manages his owner's property well.’
    • ‘He lived in the steward's house and owned most of the estate at Annaghmakerrig.’
    • ‘But it was when she retired that her ardour for history emerged, she joined the Richmond Society and began working as a steward at Ham House.’
    • ‘Liset keeps accounts for two estates and two stewards.’
    • ‘If you were doing a light-hearted story about the lot of a property steward, and wanted to convey a bit of spontaneity, forget it.’
    • ‘The house steward, Donald, picked up her baggage from rear of the carriage.’
    • ‘In medieval Poland, Jewish estate stewards were often seen by the peasants as their direct exploiters rather than as the representatives of the feudal lords they really were.’
    • ‘If you can't get a rag out of somebody's garbage, the steward of any estate will give you something to cover your nakedness.’
    • ‘She is an active member of the Guides Association, which she joined as a Guide Leader in 1985, and is a volunteer steward at Harewood House.’
    • ‘More than 150 are trained house managers and stewards.’
    • ‘But, in this case, it turns out Stewart is a good steward of her property.’
    • ‘Members may know that under the manorial system, the bailiff, the steward, and the reeve were important officers.’
    • ‘In fact, being steward of these properties is a huge financial liability.’
    • ‘The steward and farm manager are nominated and voted into office by adult colony members.’
    • ‘They do not have the vote when it comes to election of colony leaders such as minister, steward and farm manager.’
    • ‘Anyone interested in history could also help the Trust with its research into the many aspects of the property and there is always the opportunity to train as a house steward.’
    • ‘Domestic staff, including stewards and ladies in waiting who attended to the Queen Mother, will be given a special sneak preview of the restored 19th-century residence.’
    • ‘Down on the lawn, she excused herself from the others and walked toward the tree that shaded her father and the steward.’
    • ‘The steward of his household sent messengers ahead to take word to the Ethiopian soldiers waiting in Nabatea for their sovereign to join him.’
    manager, estate manager, agent, overseer, custodian, caretaker
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    1. 5.1British historical An officer of the royal household, especially an administrator of Crown estates.
      in titles ‘Chief Steward of the Duchy of Lancaster’
      • ‘Although he begged for his life, Thomas Percy, Earl of Worcester, a Knight of the Garter, a former steward of the royal household and a veteran of some of the fiercest battles of the French wars, was put to the axe.’
      • ‘He served as steward of the household to Edward IV and then to Richard III, who gave him the Garter.’
      • ‘Francis, the fifth Duke of Bedford had extensive estates in Bedfordshire and, in 1792, he appointed Farey as the land steward for his Woburn estates.’
      • ‘As an associate of Cardinal Beaufort, he became steward of Henry VI's household in 1432.’
    2. 5.2A person whose responsibility it is to take care of something.
      ‘farmers pride themselves on being stewards of the countryside’
      • ‘Underlying it all is the desire to be good stewards of the land.’
      • ‘"Our hope is just to be good stewards of the land," he said.’
      • ‘How are you a faithful steward of the gifts God has given you for the sake of the whole church?’
      • ‘As responsible stewards of the resources entrusted to us, we constantly re-evaluate our programs.’
      • ‘We can make a difference in helping families become stewards of God's precious gift of time together.’
      • ‘Religious communities are bringing out the dimension that we are stewards of the earth.’
      • ‘Siva's devotees who are scientists are protectors of humanity and stewards of the Earth.’
      • ‘We should see ourselves as stewards of the earth and not masters.’
      • ‘Such rapid growth also tests their mettle as stewards of the built environment.’
      • ‘With strong partners, we have an opportunity to create active stewards of our fragile coastal environment.’
      • ‘As a result, the students become informed stewards of this precious natural resource.’
      • ‘We are indeed stewards of Creation, appointed as such by God.’
      • ‘He then put human beings throughout the world, giving them great power as stewards of all Creation.’
      • ‘Instead, within one kingdom, God's people live as stewards of God's creation.’
      • ‘What he does not seem to be is the self-effacing steward, in a long line of self-effacing stewards, of the world's greatest newspaper.’
      • ‘Our planet is to be honoured because it reflects something of our Maker and also because we are commanded to be responsible stewards.’
      • ‘Corporate agriculture is turning family and peasant farmers from stewards of the land into servants, or eradicating their livelihoods completely.’
      • ‘As responsible stewards of the resources entrusted to us, we constantly re-evaluate our programs.’
      • ‘You have been entrusted by the American people as stewards of the public airwaves.’
      • ‘These environmental stewards manage the forests with love for the environment and rational science to provide wood for our nation and a future for their children.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1(of an official) supervise arrangements or keep order at (a large public event)

    ‘the event was organized and stewarded properly’
    • ‘Kingston University's equal opportunities officer said students and volunteers would help steward the event.’
    • ‘The village society is appealing for more volunteers to help steward the event, particularly people with knowledge of sound systems and amplification.’
    • ‘Proceeds are ploughed back into the show, with some donations going to Bingley Rotary Club, which stewards the event.’
    • ‘So it was with this recently gained information that I found myself inside said giant tent, freezing to death stewarding a Greek concert.’
    • ‘That date allowed both events to take place, with a casual workforce likely to steward the festival.’
    • ‘Thanks should also go to the two local councillors who helped the Community Association steward the event.’
    • ‘The monthly event, stewarded by the cruisers themselves, aims at driving away the minority of troublemakers who race each other and perform dangerous, screeching wheelspins.’
    • ‘My other half was stewarding at the London event and was happy by the way things were going when I spoke to him a couple of hours ago.’
    • ‘Thanks to my pal Blake for stewarding all of this.’
    • ‘The small charge is a contribution towards the costs of providing and stewarding the area.’
    • ‘The 10k course, which passes through Croydon and Shirley, will be stewarded by members of Croydon Lions and Croydon Harriers.’
    • ‘The route will be fully stewarded and clearly signposted throughout and there will be refreshment points on the route.’
    • ‘That's why these events need to be licensed and stewarded.’
    • ‘Road Club members will be stewarding all access roads on the route and the co-operation of the public would be greatly appreciated.’
    • ‘Anyone interested in stewarding, please forward their names to any officer of the club.’
  • 2Manage or look after (another's property)

    ‘security is found in reparticipating in community and stewarding nature’
    • ‘What if all other forms of capital were to be stewarded this way?’
    • ‘A year ago, they made plans to leave it to the foundation which will steward the land.’
    • ‘Even if they did not quite trust him to steward their money, they trusted capable, honest Paul.’
    • ‘It is true she has stewarded his estate well, building it into a fortune worth about #575 million.’
    • ‘Increasingly, church leaders understand there is a higher degree of accountability for those of us who steward funds.’

Origin

Old English stīweard, from stig (probably in the sense ‘house, hall’) + weard ‘ward’. The verb dates from the early 17th century.

Pronunciation

steward

/ˈstjuːəd/