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hostess

noun
     
host‧ess [countable]
1 a woman at a party, meal etc who has invited all the guests and provides them with food, drink etc [↪ host]
2 a woman who introduces and talks to the guests on a television or radio show [↪ host]
3 a woman who shows people to seats in a restaurant in the US
4 a woman whose job is to entertain men at a nightclub
WORD FOCUS: restaurant WORD FOCUS: restaurant
the person who serves you in a restaurant: waiter, waitress, server American English, waitperson American English

the person who cooks your food: chef

the person who welcomes the guests: maitre d', host/hostess American English

a list of the food: menu also bill of fare formal

a list of wines and alcoholic drinks: wine list also drink list American English

a piece of paper that shows the amount you have to pay for your meal: bill British English/check American English

extra money you leave for the waiter or waitress: tip/gratuity formal

money that the restaurant charges for service: service charge, cover charge, corkage
restaurant

See also
restaurant

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