a person who mixes and serves alcoholic drinks at a bar.

Origin of bartender

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; bar1 + tender3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for bartender

steward, butler

Examples from the Web for bartender

Contemporary Examples of bartender

Historical Examples of bartender

  • "I know you need a drink," said the bartender, looking at Andrew again.

  • But sweet beyond words had been this speech from the bartender.

  • The bartender winked at Yates as he shoved the decanter over to the newcomer.

  • At any rate, he displayed an attitude that afternoon which startled even his bartender.

    The Golden Woman

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • The bartender was at the other end of the bar, far away from the scene of action.

    Pagan Passions

    Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for bartender



mainly US and Canadian a person who serves in a bar
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Word Origin and History for bartender

also bar-tender; 1836, American English, from bar (n.2) + agent noun of tend (v.2).

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