gatekeeper

[ geyt-kee-per ]
/ ˈgeɪtˌki pər /

noun

a person in charge of a gate, usually to identify, count, supervise, etc., the traffic or flow through it.
guardian; monitor: the gatekeepers of Western culture.

Origin of gatekeeper

First recorded in 1565–75; gate1 + keeper
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gatekeeper

/ (ˈɡeɪtˌkiːpə) /

noun

a person who has charge of a gate and controls who may pass through it
any of several Eurasian butterflies of the genus Pyronia, esp P. tithonus, having brown-bordered orange wings with a black-and-white eyespot on each forewing: family Satyridae
a manager in a large organization who controls the flow of information, esp to parent and subsidiary companies
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