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[dawr-kee-per, dohr-] /ˈdɔrˌki pər, ˈdoʊr-/
a person who guards the entrance of a building.
British. a janitor; hall porter.
Roman Catholic Church. ostiary (def 1).
Origin of doorkeeper
1525-35; door + keeper Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Pushing the doorkeeper rudely aside, Hopkins entered the room.

    Port O' Gold Louis John Stellman
  • The doorkeeper of the palace was cleaning wheat, but he grew drowsy and slept.

    The Children's Bible Henry A. Sherman
  • The suitor had to bribe every one, from the doorkeeper to the pope, or his case was lost.

  • Under the archway, he gave his key as usual to the doorkeeper.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • This apartment had evidently been designed as a doorkeeper's box.

    The Bright Face of Danger Robert Neilson Stephens
  • But she walked directly to the doorkeeper at the end of the room.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • This was the return of the doorkeeper, having under his escort Mr. Charles Thomson.

    Patrick Henry Moses Coit Tyler
  • Go to the doorkeeper and get your money, and cut your stick—vamose the ranch!

    Sketches New and Old, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • I knew it was five francs more than old Gaspard received,—the doorkeeper who drank himself to death,—and I took the place gladly.

    Robert Tournay William Sage
  • He breathed relief when he saw it was only Peter, the doorkeeper.

    Under Cover Roi Cooper Megrue
British Dictionary definitions for doorkeeper


a person attending or guarding a door or gateway
(RC Church) (formerly) the lowest grade of holy orders
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