A steward is someone who takes care of the grounds or animals of a particular place. If your parents are always traveling and you have to take care of your six younger siblings, you probably feel like the steward of the house.

You might have heard the term "stewardess," a female flight attendant, but the name has trickled out of use in favor of the gender-neutral "flight attendant." A steward is the male version of that. Anyone who takes care of places or people is a steward. You can be a steward of artifacts from an architectural dig. You can also be elected to be the steward of your co-workers retirement fund. Either way, someone's trusting you with their stuff.

Definitions of steward

n someone who manages property or other affairs for someone else

an officer who manages the household of a king or nobleman
Type of:
a person who holds assets in trust for a beneficiary

n one having charge of buildings or grounds or animals

custodian, keeper
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a custodian who is hired to take care of something (property or a person)
conservator, curator
the custodian of a collection (as a museum or library)
game warden, gamekeeper
a person employed to take care of game and wildlife
someone responsible for the maintenance of a golf course
house sitter
a custodian who lives in and cares for a house while the regular occupant is away (usually without an exchange of money)
someone employed to clean and maintain a building
lighthouse keeper
the keeper of a lighthouse
critter sitter, pet sitter
someone left in charge of pets while their owners are away from home
zoo keeper
the chief person responsible for a zoological garden
a French caretaker of apartments or a hotel; lives on the premises and oversees people entering and leaving and handles mail and acts as janitor or porter
sacristan, sexton
an officer of the church who is in charge of sacred objects
super, superintendent
a caretaker for an apartment house; represents the owner as janitor and rent collector
a church officer who takes care of the interior of the building and acts as an attendant (carries the verge) during ceremonies
maintains a rabbit warren
Type of:
defender, guardian, protector, shielder
a person who cares for persons or property

n the ship's officer who is in charge of provisions and dining arrangements

Type of:
officer, ship's officer
a person authorized to serve in a position of authority on a vessel

n an attendant on an airplane

flight attendant
air hostess, hostess, stewardess
a woman steward on an airplane
Type of:
attendant, attender, tender
someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another

n a union member who is elected to represent fellow workers in negotiating with management

shop steward
Type of:
union representative
a representative for a labor union

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