- a hotel employee who supervises the work of bellhops.
Origin of bell captain
An Americanism dating back to 1925–30
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Examples from the Web for bell captain
As he awaited the elevator, he was approached by the bell-captain.
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
The nature of the bell-captain's special problem sounded interesting, but the details confused Sextus.
- US and Canadian another name for captain (def. 9)