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[hoh-stis] /ˈhoʊ stɪs/

a woman who receives and entertains guests in her own home or elsewhere.
a woman employed in a restaurant or place of amusement to receive, seat, or assist patrons.
a woman who acts as master of ceremonies, moderator, or interviewer for a television or radio program; host.
a woman employed by an airline, railroad, bus company, etc., to see that passengers are comfortable throughout a trip, usually receiving and seating them, and sometimes serving them refreshments.
a woman who manages a resort or hotel or who directs its social activities.
verb (used with object)
to be the hostess at (a reception, dinner, etc.):
She will hostess a shower for the new bride.
to act as hostess at, to, or for:
She volunteered to hostess the garden club next season.
verb (used without object)
to perform the duties or functions of a hostess.
a woman acting as host
a woman who receives and entertains patrons of a club, restaurant, etc
See air hostess

late 13c., “woman who keeps an inn or public hotel,” from host (n.1) + -ess, or from Old French hostesse (Modern French hôtesse). Meaning “woman who presides at a dinner party, etc.” recorded by 1822. Also used mid-20c. in sense “female who entertains customers in nightclubs,” with overtones of prostitution.


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