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[in-kee-per] /ˈɪnˌki pər/
a person who owns or manages an inn or, sometimes, a hotel.
Origin of innkeeper
First recorded in 1540-50; inn + keeper Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "Bring me a table," he ordered the innkeeper, as he went to his room.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • RITZ, innkeeper who made hotels in which we all would like to stop, but cannot.

  • "There is the green room, the best bedroom in my house," said the innkeeper.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • All the same, this persistent silence puzzled the innkeeper.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • With the ease of practice the innkeeper glued his eye to the hole he had just made.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • The innkeeper, more and more out of countenance, searched his memory in vain.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • So saying, he tossed a silver coin to the innkeeper, wheeled about, and rode off.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • The innkeeper had gone indoors and drawn himself a draught of ale.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for innkeeper


an owner or manager of an inn
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for innkeeper

1540s, from inn + keeper.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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