host or hostess?

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Hi all! In an interview programme, the anchor introduces herself in this way:

Hello and welcome to our programme, I'm your host Lily Chen.

Q: Is it OK to use "host" instead of "hostess"?
  • entangledbank

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    English - South-East England
    Yes, these days probably 'host' would be used. The -ess forms are usually only used when it's significant that the person is female: an actress plays different roles from an actor. If a married couple invite you to their house for an evening, they might be your host and hostess, to distinguish them, but they're also both hosts. (Waitress is an odd unnecesary exception.)
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