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[geyt-kee-per] /ˈgeɪtˌki pər/
a person in charge of a gate, usually to identify, count, supervise, etc., the traffic or flow through it.
guardian; monitor:
the gatekeepers of Western culture.
Origin of gatekeeper
1565-75; gate1 + keeper Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gatekeeper
  • The joy of a decentralised network is that no party acts as a gatekeeper for any other.
  • It's not so much fun being a gatekeeper when the fence has fallen down.
  • But what so enticing to this seven year old was the gatekeeper at the store's entrance.
  • As gatekeeper of the tribal mind, he can be imperious and inflexible.
  • The hotel has seven guestrooms, including three housed in a gatekeeper's cottage away from the main house.
  • As a dispenser of grades he is a gatekeeper to worldly success.
  • The central thalamus may act as a gatekeeper, and the added stimulation kicks up the level of activation.
  • Keep an open mind but have a good gatekeeper for it.
  • By the following year he had hundreds of followers who viewed him as the gatekeeper to jobs and apartments.
British Dictionary definitions for gatekeeper


a person who has charge of a gate and controls who may pass through it
any of several Eurasian butterflies of the genus Pyronia, esp P. tithonus, having brown-bordered orange wings with a black-and-white eyespot on each forewing: family Satyridae
a manager in a large organization who controls the flow of information, esp to parent and subsidiary companies
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Word Origin and History for gatekeeper

1570s, from gate + keeper. Figurative use by 1872.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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