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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
First recorded in 1525-35; door + keeper Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Under the archway, he gave his key as usual to the doorkeeper.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • He was doorkeeper to the household, so he began on the duties of his menial position.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • Henry's Gerald, by the way, had died as doorkeeper at a restaurant called the Trianon.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • Occasionally he consulted with Brother Peyton, the doorkeeper.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • The doorkeeper of the palace was cleaning wheat, but he grew drowsy and slept.

    The Children's Bible Henry A. Sherman
  • "He does not live here now, madame," answered the doorkeeper.

    The works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 5 (of 8) Guy de Maupassant 1850-1893
  • The doorkeeper, from his pigeon-hole, handed her some letters.

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    Israel Zangwill
  • But she walked directly to the doorkeeper at the end of the room.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • The doorkeeper slipped into the room, and there was a silent, anxious interval.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • Go to the doorkeeper and get your money, and cut your stick—vamose the ranch!

    Sketches New and Old, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for doorkeeper


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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