bell captain


noun

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

  • 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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