waiter, waitress noun
ADJ. head the head waiter in a large restaurant | hotel, restaurant | wine | passing She ordered a large vodka and tonic from a passing waiter. | hovering (literary, disapproving), obsequious He didn't fancy spending hours in the restaurant, surrounded by hovering waiters.
VERB + WAITER, WAITRESS beckon (to), call (over), signal (to), summon (over), wave over He casually waved over the waitress and settled the bill.
WAITER, WAITRESS + VERB arrive with sth, bring (sb) sth, serve (sb) sth A waitress arrived with the wine they had ordered.
WAITER, WAITRESS + NOUN service Lunch is a buffet meal, while dinner is waiter service.
PHRASES catch the waiter/waitress's eye I tried to catch the waiter's eye to ask for our bill. > Note at JOB