a boy or man who summons actors, as from their dressing rooms, shortly before they are due to go on stage.
a bellhop.
Also, call boy. a male prostitute who arranges appointments with clients by telephone.
Also, call-boy, call boy. Railroads Slang. a railroad employee responsible for ensuring that members of a train crew are on hand for their regular runs and for notifying them of an extra run.
Historical Examples

What’s-His-Name George Barr McCutcheon
Nana, The Miller’s Daughter, Captain Burle, Death of Olivier Becaille Emile Zola
Nana, The Miller’s Daughter, Captain Burle, Death of Olivier Becaille Emile Zola

a person who notifies actors when it is time to go on stage


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