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gatekeeper

[geyt-kee-per] /ˈgeɪtˌki pər/
noun
1.
a person in charge of a gate, usually to identify, count, supervise, etc., the traffic or flow through it.
2.
guardian; monitor:
the gatekeepers of Western culture.
Origin of gatekeeper
1565-1575
1565-75; gate1 + keeper
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gatekeeper

/ˈɡeɪtˌkiːpə/
noun
1.
a person who has charge of a gate and controls who may pass through it
2.
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
3.
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
n.

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

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