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[bahr-ten-der] /ˈbɑrˌtɛn dər/
a person who mixes and serves alcoholic drinks at a bar.
Origin of bartender
1830-40, Americanism; bar1 + tender3 Unabridged
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  • He tells the bartender the cheese is no good, he can't smell a thing.
  • Now imagine a bartender robot that could waggle its eyebrows sympathetically as you pour out the story of your messy divorce.
  • Helpers began showing up: a college student and a cop, a bartender and a computer executive.
  • Working as a bartender, she had refused to serve an obnoxious reveller at the end of the evening.
  • They worked punishing hours in humble jobs-he as a bartender, she as a cashier-to give their children a better life.
  • If he or she wants to share it with a busboy or bartender because they help out, so be it.
  • My gainful employment was as a bartender for several years.
  • If you really want to be a writer, get a job as a waitress or a bartender.
  • Before graduate school, he had worked for a number of years as a bartender.
  • As interest in mixology has surged, it has only become harder to distinguish oneself as a bartender.
British Dictionary definitions for bartender


(mainly US & Canadian) a person who serves in a bar
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Word Origin and History for bartender

also bar-tender; 1836, American English, from bar (n.2) + agent noun of tend (v.2).

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