[ dawr-kee-per, dohr- ]
See synonyms for doorkeeper on
  1. a person who guards the entrance of a building.

  2. British. a janitor; hall porter.

  1. Roman Catholic Church. ostiary (def. 1).

Origin of doorkeeper

First recorded in 1525–35; door + keeper

Words Nearby doorkeeper Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use doorkeeper in a sentence

  • I scared up a doorkeeper and was ready at the proper time, and by pure good luck a tolerably good house assembled and I was saved.

  • And a moment later the two associates were talking earnestly near the doorkeeper's lodge.

    Through the Wall | Cleveland Moffett

British Dictionary definitions for doorkeeper


/ (ˈdɔːˌkiːpə) /

  1. a person attending or guarding a door or gateway

  2. RC Church (formerly) the lowest grade of holy orders

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