[dawr-kee-per, dohr-]


a person who guards the entrance of a building.
British. a janitor; hall porter.
Roman Catholic Church. ostiary(def 1).

Origin of doorkeeper

First recorded in 1525–35; door + keeper Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for doorkeeper

Historical Examples of doorkeeper

  • Under the archway, he gave his key as usual to the doorkeeper.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • He was doorkeeper to the household, so he began on the duties of his menial position.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • Henry's Gerald, by the way, had died as doorkeeper at a restaurant called the Trianon.

    A Great Man

    Arnold Bennett

  • Occasionally he consulted with Brother Peyton, the doorkeeper.

    David Lannarck, Midget

    George S. Harney

  • The doorkeeper of the palace was cleaning wheat, but he grew drowsy and slept.

    The Children's Bible

    Henry A. Sherman

British Dictionary definitions for doorkeeper



a person attending or guarding a door or gateway
RC Church (formerly) the lowest grade of holy orders
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