6. Be Seated Alone:
Collins says, “Women usually couldn’t be seated alone.”
They couldn’t be given a spot in a restaurant by themselves without any one accompanying them.
This is the passive usage of ‘seat’. You will also hear waiters say, ‘Please wait a moment. I will seat you as soon as I can.’
7. Maître d’:
Collins says, “If you did get a table, the maître d’ would put you in an out-of-the-way spot near the kitchen.”
Maître d’ is short for maître d’hôtel, which means master of the hotel in French, and nobody uses.
We all say maître d’ and the plural is maître d’s.
Collins says, “The stigma of eating alone seems to have started to fade away.”
Stigma is a sense of public disgrace or shame associated with something. Like we’ve been marked with a badge of shame.
You’ll hear about the stigma often attached to poverty, for example. Or the stigma attached to mental illness. Both of which of course are unfair and wrong.
9. Fade Away:
Gradually vanish. Gradually disappear.
You’ll hear about clouds fading away. Or, ‘The storm had faded away by Tuesday morning.’
And we also use it metaphorically. Like, ‘Support for the project faded away. It turned out to be too expensive.’
6. 解説中のI will seat you as soon as I canのseatの使い方が個人的には好きです。
8. いわゆる汚点ですが、解説中のbadge of shameも的確で良い表現だと思います。