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doorkeeper

[dawr-kee-per, dohr-]
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noun
  1. a person who guards the entrance of a building.
  2. British. a janitor; hall porter.
  3. Roman Catholic Church. ostiary(def 1).
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Origin of doorkeeper

First recorded in 1525–35; door + keeper
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Related Words for doorkeeper

custodian, attendant, superintendent, sitter, protector, gatekeeper, caretaker, concierge, super, porter, sweeper, doorkeeper, bellhop, bearer, carrier, transporter, janitor, redcap, skycap, leader

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

doorkeeper

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