Definitions for: Steward

[n] one having charge of buildings or grounds or animals
[n] a union member who is elected to represent fellow workers in negotiating with management
[n] someone who manages property or other affairs for someone else
[n] an attendant on an airplane
[n] the ship's officer who is in charge of provisions and dining arrangements

Webster (1913) Definition: Stew"ard, n. [OE. stiward, AS. st[=i]weard, stigweard,
literally, a sty ward; stigu sty + weard warden, guardian, --
his first duty having been probably to attend to the domestic
animals. [root]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.

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, v. t.
To manage as a steward. [Obs.]

Synonyms: custodian, flight attendant, keeper, shop steward

See Also: air hostess, attendant, attender, caretaker, chamberlain, conservator, curator, defender, fiduciary, game warden, gamekeeper, greenskeeper, guardian, hostess, janitor, lighthouse keeper, officer, protector, shielder, ship's officer, stewardess, tender, union representative, zoo keeper

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