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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I flatter myself that I can recall the name of but one bartender with whom I sailed.

    Old Times on the Upper Mississippi George Byron Merrick
  • "I know you need a drink," said the bartender, looking at Andrew again.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • We were not given a bottle and glasses to help ourselves as is usual, but the bartender poured out a wine glass full for each.

    In and Out of Rebel Prisons Lieut. A. [Alonzo] Cooper
  • The bartender winked at Yates as he shoved the decanter over to the newcomer.

  • After leaving the bartender at the hotel, I started out to see so much of the town as could be observed in walking the streets.

British Dictionary definitions for bartender


(mainly US & Canadian) a person who serves in a bar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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