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  1. a person who owns or manages an inn or, sometimes, a hotel.
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Origin of innkeeper

First recorded in 1540–50; inn + keeper
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Related Words

host, proprietor, hotelkeeper

Examples from the Web for innkeeper

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  • "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


  1. 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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