• synonyms


or bar·keep

[bahr-kee-per or bahr-keep]
  1. a person who owns or manages a bar where alcoholic beverages are sold.
  2. a bartender.
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Origin of barkeeper

First recorded in 1705–15; bar1 + keeper
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Examples from the Web for barkeeper

Historical Examples of barkeeper

  • Behind him, in a darkened room, a barkeeper was wiping the bar with a clean cloth.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • The barkeeper handed over a pack which had been reposing in a cigar-box.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport

    Robert Neilson Stephens

  • He heard his companion say a word to the barkeeper, and then go out.

  • Mink was not in sight, but the barkeeper stood rigidly on duty.

  • "You have had enough for one night, it seems to me," remarked the barkeeper.

British Dictionary definitions for barkeeper


  1. another name (esp US) for barman
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