a retail merchant or tradesman; a person who owns or operates a small store or shop.

Origin of shopkeeper

First recorded in 1520–30; shop + keeper
Related formsshop·keep·ing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a person who owns or manages a shop or small store
Derived Formsshopkeeping, noun
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Word Origin and History for shopkeeper

1520s, from shop (n.) + keeper.

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