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  1. a person or thing that keeps time.
  2. an official appointed to time, regulate, and record the duration of a sports contest or its component parts, as to give the official time of a race, assure that a round of boxing is ended exactly on time, or announce to football, basketball, hockey, etc., teams the amount of time left to play.
  3. a timepiece: This watch is a good timekeeper.
  4. a person employed to keep account of the hours of work done by others.
  5. a person who beats time in music.
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Origin of timekeeper

First recorded in 1680–90; time + keeper
Related formstime·keep·ing, noun
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Examples from the Web for timekeeping

Historical Examples

  • I dont believe I could get a job at timekeeping in a real mill.

    Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905


  • Timekeeping for a stevedore firm and getting ten dollars a week!

    The Viking Blood

    Frederick William Wallace

  • For timekeeping, the watch was still less useful than the watchman.

    Time Telling through the Ages

    Harry Chase Brearley

  • It had a striking part, and a timekeeping part, each distinct from the other.

    Stories of Useful Inventions

    Samuel Eagle Foreman

  • A timekeeping department, the pendulum or balance spring, whose oscillations must all be of equal duration.

    A Text-Book of Astronomy

    George C. Comstock

British Dictionary definitions for timekeeping


  1. a person or thing that keeps or records time
  2. an employee who maintains a record of the hours worked by the other employees
  3. a device for indicating time; timepiece
  4. an employee with respect to his or her record of punctualitya good timekeeper
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Derived Formstimekeeping, noun
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