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[bahr-ten-der] /ˈbɑrˌtɛn dər/
a person who mixes and serves alcoholic drinks at a bar.
Origin of bartender
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40; bar1 + tender3 Unabridged
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  • "I know you need a drink," said the bartender, looking at Andrew again.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • But sweet beyond words had been this speech from the bartender.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • The bartender winked at Yates as he shoved the decanter over to the newcomer.

  • At any rate, he displayed an attitude that afternoon which startled even his bartender.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • The bartender was at the other end of the bar, far away from the scene of action.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for bartender


(mainly US & Canadian) a person who serves in a bar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bartender

also bar-tender; 1836, American English, from bar (n.2) + agent noun of tend (v.2).

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