• WordNet 3.6
    • n steward one having charge of buildings or grounds or animals
    • n steward a union member who is elected to represent fellow workers in negotiating with management
    • n steward someone who manages property or other affairs for someone else
    • n steward an attendant on an airplane
    • n steward the ship's officer who is in charge of provisions and dining arrangements
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Steward A fiscal agent of certain bodies; as, a steward in a Methodist church.
    • Steward 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.""They came near to the steward of Joseph's house.""As good stewards of the manifold grace of God."
    • Steward 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.
    • Steward In Scotland, a magistrate appointed by the crown to exercise jurisdiction over royal lands.
    • Steward 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.
    • v. t Steward To manage as a steward.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n steward One who has charge of the household or estate of another; a majordomo; especially, a person employed in a court, household, or important domestic establishment of any kind to superintend financial affairs, as by keeping accounts, collecting rents or other revenue, or disbursing money for household expenses.
    • n steward An officer or retainer appointed to perform duties similar to those mentioned above; especially, a person appointed to provide and distribute food and all the requisites of the table; a purveyor. In some British colleges, one who has charge of the commons.
    • n steward Figuratively, a manager; especially, one who controls expenditure; a disburser.
    • n steward Formerly, in the English gilds, one of the officers in charge of the finances of the society; also, a corresponding functionary in municipal affairs. The title is still given in English towns to magistrates varying in functions, authority, rank, etc. In this latter case it is usually qualified by some limiting word: as, the city steward of York; the land steward of Norwich; the town steward of Northampton; the lord high steward of Gloucester.
    • n steward In the early church, same as econome or æconomus.
    • n steward A fiscal agent of certain bodies; specifically, in the Methodist Church, an officer having charge of the finances and certain other material interests of the church.
    • steward To manage as a steward.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Steward stū′ard one who manages the domestic concerns of a family or institution: one who superintends another's affairs, esp. an estate or farm: the manager of the provision department, &c., at sea: a manager at races, games, &c.: the treasurer of a congregation, a guild or society, &c
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. stíg-weardstigo, a sty, weard, a ward.


In literature:

Steward, tell Mr. Barradas to get ready to heave up.
"Edward Barry" by Louis Becke
At this moment the hospital steward arrived on the run, carrying a case of instruments, bottles and bandages.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Philippines" by H. Irving Hancock
The cook and the steward might have been more directly concerned.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
But the steward tells me that he was educated for the priesthood, and fell by the wayside.
""Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea" by Morgan Robertson
Sir Ralph was seated with his legs crossed and his arm resting on the table when the steward entered.
"Won from the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
I'm Glory White, wife of one of the stewards at Redwine, and we air powerful glad to have you.
"A Circuit Rider's Wife" by Corra Harris
Or you may make me steward, and I'll give you my word he shall not be ousted.
"Shining Ferry" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
The steward sat before his stove, gazing at the planks of the deck under his feet.
"The Coming Wave" by Oliver Optic
The first cutter soon after left the ship with the steward, to bring off a load of fresh provisions.
"Down the Rhine" by Oliver Optic
There were three stewards, two black and one white.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 7, 1922" by Various

In poetry:

He came with us to the college class,--
Little cared he for the steward's pass!
All the rest must pay their fee,
Put the grim old dead-head entered free.
"Our Oldest Friend" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
IF, in the course of time, the master take
The place of steward, and his fortune make,
'Twould only to their proper rank restore,
Those who become just what they were before.
"Belphegor Addressed To Miss De Chammelay" by Jean de La Fontaine
So her Grace spoke out, not round about
But straightway to the point:
Quoth she—"Lord Steward! methinks you carve
Too recklessly, while our subjects starve!
Good Lord! how you hack the joint!
"The Royal Bounty" by Ernest Jones
If thou art learn'd — th' unlearn'd instruct with care,
If a good shepherd — guide thy flock with skill —
If a wise steward — give to each his share,
If a true Christian, do thy Master's will.
"The Duty Of Clergymen" by Rees Prichard
Consider the Mind, remember the Soul,
Of these poor Bodies take care;
If Providence over them gives you control,
As stewards to be judged, beware!
And you, good men,— ay, good on the whole,
No Strikes! — lt all be fair.
"A Dozen Ballads About White Slavery. II. The Factory Slave" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
But I'll do no sailorizin' jobs . . . I'll walk or lay at ease,
Like a blessed packet captain just as lordly as you please,
With a steward for my table an' a boy to bring my beer,
An' a score or two Kanakas for to reef an' furl an' steer.
"The Packet Rat" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

David Steward , CEO of America's Largest Black-Owned Company.
World Wide Technology Founder and Chairman David Steward (Image: Courtesy of Subject).
Want to know why Emanuel Steward was almost universally beloved in boxing, a sport steeped in conflict.
DETROIT (AP) — Emanuel Steward is being hailed by boxing royalty and the Queen of Soul.
MOUNT VERNON — Barbara Steward , 78, of Decatur Drive, Mount Vernon, passed away Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011, at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.
The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to have been chosen to serve the family of Barbara Steward .
Hundreds turn out, including past and present boxing champions, to remember legendary trainer Emanuel Steward .
Classic Photos of Emanuel Steward .
Warren Steward Smith, 94, of Haskell, passed from this life on Sunday, September 23.
He was born April 2, 1918 at Haskell to the late Henry Steward and Maude Belle Cornett Smith.
See Sherri Steward 's answers to Ask the Scientists questions.
Photo of Sherri Steward .
Franklin, a friend of Steward 's in Detroit for decades, said she wouldn't have missed the memorial for anything.
WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko hugs a member of the late boxing trainer Emanuel Steward 's family at a funeral service for Steward at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012.
Steward Advanced Materials Thiol-SAMMS: The Toxin Terminator.

In science:

Steward Observatory, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721.
On the Purity of the ZZ Ceti Instability Strip: Discovery of More Pulsating DA White Dwarfs on the Basis of Optical Spectroscopy
As part of an ongoing program to identify new ZZ Ceti pulsators, we observed LP 133−144 in integrated (white light) “fast” photometric mode at the Steward Observatory Mount Bigelow Station 1.6 m telescope during four nights in March-April 2003.
On the Purity of the ZZ Ceti Instability Strip: Discovery of More Pulsating DA White Dwarfs on the Basis of Optical Spectroscopy
We wish to thank the Director and staff of Steward Observatory for allowing us to use their facilities.
On the Purity of the ZZ Ceti Instability Strip: Discovery of More Pulsating DA White Dwarfs on the Basis of Optical Spectroscopy
Hopkins and the Steward Observatory 2.3 m Bok telescope on Kitt Peak.
New Low Accretion-Rate Magnetic Binary Systems and their Significance for the Evolution of Cataclysmic Variables
Steward Observatory, University of Arizona, 933 N.
Mid-Infrared Galaxy Morphology from the Spitzer Survey of Stellar Structure in Galaxies (S^4G): The Imprint of the de Vaucouleurs Revised Hubble-Sandage Classification System at 3.6 microns