Definition of steward in English:
1A person who looks after the passengers on a ship, aircraft, or train and brings them meals.
- Arriving passengers greet their cabin stewards and table waiters like long-lost family friends with smiling handshakes, hugs and much backslapping.
- When I disembarked on my last cruise in December, I ran into the young man who had been our dining-room steward on the ship.
- But as the pair were returning to York, a steward on the train asked them if they would wait for all other passengers to leave first.
1.1A person responsible for supplies of food to a college, club, or other institution.
- When he arrived, the large room was filled with people, ranging from the cook and the steward to the engineer and the linguist.
- He became a steward in the merchant navy, and was a trade union activist.
- She is a steward aboard the ship that had been stationed off the coast of Iraq since early this year.
2An official appointed to supervise arrangements or keep order at a large public event, for example a sporting event.
- Track officials ordered the evacuation of a crowd of about 1,500 in the grandstand and, with two minutes to post time, the stewards ordered the third race cancelled.
- Following an inquiry, stewards disqualified him from both races and redistributed his purse earnings earlier this year.
- The stewards inquired into the performance of Grafton Style, which finished 11th in this contest.
2.1 short for shop steward.
3A person employed to manage another’s property, especially a large house or estate.
- Landowners protected their interests by studying land law at the Inns of Court and by appointing qualified stewards to manage estates effectively.
- A good steward manages his owner's property well.
- He lived in the steward's house and owned most of the estate at Annaghmakerrig.
(estate) manager, agent, overseer, custodian, caretaker
3.1A person whose responsibility it is to take care of something: farmers pride themselves on being stewards of the countryside
More example sentences
- Underlying it all is the desire to be good stewards of the land.
- "Our hope is just to be good stewards of the land," he said.
- How are you a faithful steward of the gifts God has given you for the sake of the whole church?
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1(Of an official) supervise arrangements or keep order at (a large public event): the event was organized and stewarded properly
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- Kingston University's equal opportunities officer said students and volunteers would help steward the event.
- The village society is appealing for more volunteers to help steward the event, particularly people with knowledge of sound systems and amplification.
- Proceeds are ploughed back into the show, with some donations going to Bingley Rotary Club, which stewards the event.
2Manage or look after (another’s property).
- What if all other forms of capital were to be stewarded this way?
- A year ago, they made plans to leave it to the foundation which will steward the land.
- Even if they did not quite trust him to steward their money, they trusted capable, honest Paul.
Old English stīweard, from stig (probably in the sense 'house, hall') + weard 'ward.' The verb dates from the early 17th century.
- Example sentences
- Careful stewardship of resources meant that large scale gatherings were rare: the land could not sustain them.
- They have subverted and undermined the system of stewardship of the environment.
- He talks of stewardship and responsibility towards his fortune.
Words that rhyme with stewardleeward
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