[ bahr-kee-per ]

  1. a person who owns or manages a bar where alcoholic beverages are sold.

  2. a bartender.

Origin of barkeeper

First recorded in 1705–15; bar1 + keeper
  • Also bar·keep [bahr-keep] /ˈbɑrˌkip/ .

Words Nearby barkeeper Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use barkeeper in a sentence

  • This barkeeper had not been exposed to smallpox except by contact with the man mentioned here.

  • The barkeeper was nonplussed, and asked what a tin-roof cocktail was.

  • I leave you to figure it out, but the barkeeper paid the bill.

  • “Yep,” replied the barkeeper, holding a bottle between his eye and the light, and measuring its contents.

    The Boy Settlers | Noah Brooks
  • barkeeper buys watermelons for five cents up the river, brings them down and sells them for fifty.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

British Dictionary definitions for barkeeper


/ (ˈbɑːˌkiːpə) /

  1. another name (esp US) for barman

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