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[bahr-kee-per] /ˈbɑrˌki pər/
a person who owns or manages a bar where alcoholic beverages are sold.
a bartender.
Origin of barkeeper
1705-15; bar1 + keeper Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Casey was the Officers Club barkeep and much-beribboned mixologist.

    Next Door, Next World Robert Donald Locke
  • Come on, barkeep, an' slip us another round of this here inebriatin' fluid.

    Prairie Flowers James B. Hendryx
  • The barkeep's face was pure sunshine when he turned to the aliens again.

    Jubilation, U.S.A. G. L. Vandenburg
  • "Aspirin and ginger ale," I ordered, and got a knowing grin from the barkeep.

    Cue for Quiet Thomas L. Sherred
  • The barkeep, a pleasant enough fellow, but with none of Art's innate joviality, rang up the dime.

    Cue for Quiet Thomas L. Sherred
  • The barkeep dropped his hands, paralyzed by her intoxicating nearness.

  • I arrived back in Joe's Tavern to find the barkeep had been revived and bore none of us any ill-will.

  • But Nick got rid of five drinks while Joe protected his own glass from the barkeep.

    The Stowaway Alvin Heiner
  • "You guys hold on and don't drink up yet," growled the barkeep.

    Jubilation, U.S.A. G. L. Vandenburg
British Dictionary definitions for barkeep


another name (esp US) for barman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for barkeep

1846, probably short for barkeeper (1712); from bar (n.2) + agent noun of keep (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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