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or barkeep

[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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  • Crumpling them in his hand he walked to the bar and tossed them to the barkeeper.

    'Firebrand' Trevison Charles Alden Seltzer
  • Behind him, in a darkened room, a barkeeper was wiping the bar with a clean cloth.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He nodded to the barkeeper, who supplied him with a dirty looking bottle and a wet glass.

    Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist John T. McIntyre
  • He heard his companion say a word to the barkeeper, and then go out.

    Paul Prescott's Charge Horatio Alger
  • The barkeeper permits them to sit about the stove and by shivering invite the sympathy of transient customers.

    How the Other Half Lives Jacob A. Riis
  • Mink was not in sight, but the barkeeper stood rigidly on duty.

    They of the High Trails Hamlin Garland
  • A committee waited upon the barkeeper, reimbursed him for his losses and warned him to never more sell liquor in that settlement.

    Unfettered Sutton E. Griggs
  • "You have had enough for one night, it seems to me," remarked the barkeeper.

  • "You can search me," was the barkeeper's subtle way of disavowing all knowledge of Mr. Bud's future intentions.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport Robert Neilson Stephens
  • The barkeeper was nonplussed, and asked what a tin-roof cocktail was.

British Dictionary definitions for barkeeper


another name (esp US) for barman
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