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Webster 1913 Edition


Steward

Stew′ard

,
Noun.
[OE.
stiward
, AS.
stīweard
,
stigweard
, literally, a sty ward;
stigu
sty +
weard
warden, guardian, – his first duty having been probably to attend to the domestic animals. √164. See
Sty
pen for swine,
Ward
.]
1.
A man employed in a large family, or on a large estate, to manage the domestic concerns, supervise other servants, collect the rents or income, keep accounts, and the like.
Worthy to be
stewards
of rent and land.
Chaucer.
They came near to the
steward
of Joseph’s house.
Gen. xliii. 19.
As good
stewards
of the manifold grace of God.
1 Pet. iv. 10.
2.
A person employed in a hotel, or a club, or on board a ship, to provide for the table, superintend the culinary affairs, etc. In naval vessels, the captain's steward, wardroom steward, steerage steward, warrant officers steward, etc., are petty officers who provide for the messes under their charge.
3.
A fiscal agent of certain bodies;
as, a
steward
in a Methodist church
.
4.
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.
5.
In Scotland, a magistrate appointed by the crown to exercise jurisdiction over royal lands.
Erskine.
Lord high steward
,
formerly, the first officer of the crown; afterward, an officer occasionally appointed, as for a coronation, or upon the trial of a peer.
[Eng.]

Stew′ard

,
Verb.
T.
To manage as a steward.
[Obs.]

Webster 1828 Edition


Steward

STEWARD

,
Noun.
[G., a room. The steward was then originally a chamberlain or a butler.]
1.
A man employed in great families to manage the domestic concerns, superintend the other servants, collect the rents or income, keep the accounts, &c. See Genesis 15:2 and 43:19.
2.
An officer of state; as lord high steward; steward of the household, &c.
3.
In colleges, an officer who provides food for the students and superintends the concerns of the kitchen.
4.
In a ship of war, an officer who is appointed by the purser to distribute provisions to the officers and crew. In other ships, a man who superintends the provisions and liquors, and supplies the table.
5.
In Scripture and theology, a minister of Christ, whose duty is to dispense the provisions of the gospel, to preach its doctrines and administer its ordinances.
It is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 1 Corinthians 4.

STEWARD

,
Verb.
T.
To manage as a steward. [Not in use.]

Definition 2022


Steward

Steward

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English

Proper noun

Steward

  1. An English surname, a variant of Stewart.

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See also: Steward

English

Noun

steward (plural stewards, feminine stewardess)

  1. A person who manages the property or affairs for another entity, particularly (historical) the chief administrator of a medieval manor.
  2. A ship's officer who is in charge of making dining arrangements and provisions.
    • 1915, George A. Birmingham, chapter I”, in Gossamer (Project Gutenberg; EBook #24394), London: Methuen & Co., published 8 January 2013 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 558189256:
      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, (chiefly) a male flight attendant.
  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.

Usage notes

With regard to airlines, steward is usually distinguished from the more common and exclusively feminine stewardess in colloquial speech, while the gender-neutral flight attendant is usually preferred to both in formal contexts. For the sake of brevity, steward is sometimes treated as a gender-neutral term itself and applied to both male and female flight attendants.

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Verb

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)
    • 2007 May 1, Richard G. Jones, “An Acting Governor’s Balancing Act: Taking the Lead Without Stepping on Toes”, in New York Times:
      Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski, a Democrat from Middlesex County, said, “It’s an uncomfortable situation,” but added that Mr. Codey is nevertheless “ably stewarding the state.”

Anagrams

References

  1. American Heritage Dictionary
  2. Oxford Online Dictionary

French

Etymology

Borrowing from English steward.

Noun

steward m (plural stewards)

  1. steward