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[bahr-muh n] /ˈbɑr mən/
noun, plural barmen.
a man who bartends; bartender.
Origin of barman
First recorded in 1650-60; bar1 + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Scratcher looked moodily at the barman, ordered a glass of beer and turned to Bindle.

    Adventures of Bindle Herbert George Jenkins
  • What I've got to say to Mrs. Eustace don't concern you, nor Jim the barman.

    The Rider of Waroona Firth Scott
  • Just one week after the appearance of this pair I stood talking to the Irish barman, when I saw him start and pale.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • Davy answered him not, but with a growl ordered the barman to refill his glass.

  • The barman set down a glass quickly and hurried over, bobbing his head obsequiously.

    But, I Don't Think Gordon Randall Garrett
  • “Go get him, tiger,” the barman said, giving her hand a squeeze.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • "Not with that blinking thing going off behind me," said the barman, craning over the blind.

    The Invisible Man H. G. Wells
  • "Lend me a thousand pounds till to-morrow," said the barman.

British Dictionary definitions for barman


noun (pl) -men
a man who serves in a pub
Usage note
Gender-neutral form: bartender
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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