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[dawr-kee-per, dohr-] /ˈdɔrˌki pər, ˈdoʊr-/
a person who guards the entrance of a building.
British. a janitor; hall porter.
Roman Catholic Church. ostiary (def 1).
Origin of doorkeeper
1525-35; door + keeper Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for door-keeper
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  • The door-keeper at the hospital, recognizing Nekhludoff, immediately informed him that Maslova was no longer there.

    The Awakening Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy
  • He would have both the Queen's door-keeper and the Queen's mad lover.

    The Fifth Queen Crowned Ford Madox Ford
  • He promised to Peter the place of door-keeper of Paradise, since become so lucrative an office to his successors and assigns.

    Ecce Homo! Paul Henry Thiry Baron d' Holbach
  • He staggered across the threshold, but was stopped by the door-keeper.

    The Arena Various
  • On one side is a raised stone platform, seat for the "boab" or door-keeper, and other servants of the house.

    Peeps at Many Lands: Egypt R. Talbot Kelly
  • The door-keeper of the gaming-house holds an onerous responsibility.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • But one fine morning the magnetic doctor found his door-keeper was among the missing.

    The Funny Side of Physic A. D. Crabtre
  • Both were big men, though the door-keeper had slightly the advantage in size.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • M—— M—— was beginning to shew some anxiety about the absence of M. de Bernis, when the door-keeper brought her a note from him.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • The door-keeper thought deeply, but could see no harm in this.

British Dictionary definitions for door-keeper


a person attending or guarding a door or gateway
(RC Church) (formerly) the lowest grade of holy orders
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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door-keeper in the Bible

This word is used in Ps. 84:10 (R.V. marg., "stand at the threshold of," etc.), but there it signifies properly "sitting at the threshold in the house of God." The psalmist means that he would rather stand at the door of God's house and merely look in, than dwell in houses where iniquity prevailed. Persons were appointed to keep the street door leading into the interior of the house (John 18:16, 17; Acts 12:13). Sometimes females held this post.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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