a waiter.




  • To work as a waiter.


  • Late 14th century, "attendant, watchman," agent noun from the verb wait + -er. Sense of "servant who waits at tables" is from late 15th century, originally in reference to household servants; in reference to inns, eating houses, etc., it is attested from 1660s. Feminine form waitress first recorded 1834.
  • The London Stock Exchange sense harks back to the early days of trading in coffee-shops.

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