bell captain

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noun

a hotel employee who supervises the work of bellhops.

Nearby words

  1. bell book,
  2. bell bottoms,
  3. bell bronze,
  4. bell buoy,
  5. bell burnell,
  6. bell cow,
  7. bell crank,
  8. bell curve,
  9. bell frog,
  10. bell gardens

Origin of bell captain

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30

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Examples from the Web for bell captain

  • The nature of the bell-captain's special problem sounded interesting, but the details confused Sextus.

    Forsyte's Retreat|Winston Marks
  • A few of them knew that Pete was the bell-captain in one of the big midtown hotels.

    A World by the Tale|Gordon Randall Garrett
  • As he awaited the elevator, he was approached by the bell-captain.

    Forsyte's Retreat|Winston Marks


British Dictionary definitions for bell captain

bell captain

noun

US and Canadian another name for captain (def. 9)
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