A female host; a woman who hospitably entertains guests at her house.
- A woman who receives or entertains guests in a social or official capacity.
- A woman who manages an inn or hotel.
- A woman who is the emcee or interviewer on a radio or television program.
- A woman who is employed to greet and assist patrons, as in a restaurant.
- A woman who is employed to dance with customers in a dance hall or nightclub. See Usage Note at -ess.