a person who owns or manages an inn or, sometimes, a hotel.

Origin of innkeeper

First recorded in 1540–50; inn + keeper Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for innkeeper

host, proprietor, hotelkeeper

Examples from the Web for innkeeper

Contemporary Examples of innkeeper

Historical Examples of innkeeper

  • "Bring me a table," he ordered the innkeeper, as he went to his room.

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd

  • RITZ, innkeeper who made hotels in which we all would like to stop, but cannot.

  • "There is the green room, the best bedroom in my house," said the Innkeeper.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • All the same, this persistent silence puzzled the innkeeper.

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • With the ease of practice the innkeeper glued his eye to the hole he had just made.

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

British Dictionary definitions for innkeeper



an owner or manager of an inn
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Word Origin and History for innkeeper

1540s, from inn + keeper.

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