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bell captain

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noun
  1. a hotel employee who supervises the work of bellhops.
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Origin of bell captain

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30
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Examples from the Web for bell captain

Historical Examples

  • As he awaited the elevator, he was approached by the bell-captain.

    Forsyte's Retreat

    Winston Marks

  • A few of them knew that Pete was the bell-captain in one of the big midtown hotels.

    A World by the Tale

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • The nature of the bell-captain's special problem sounded interesting, but the details confused Sextus.

    Forsyte's Retreat

    Winston Marks


British Dictionary definitions for bell captain

bell captain

noun
  1. US and Canadian another name for captain (def. 9)
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