- a person who owns or operates a saloon.
Origin of saloon keeper
First recorded in 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for saloon keeper
They were men who had come into the camp with the rush, and were anxious to keep in with the saloon-keeper.
And his demand was not intended for the saloon-keeper alone.
At night he used to empty all the liquor out of the bag and sell it to a saloon-keeper.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
It invested the saloon-keeper, in Presley's imagination, with all the dignity of the tragedy.
The saloon-keeper had just opened his place and was standing in his doorway, smoking his pipe.