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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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  • The gatekeeper lets it through, then he calls Gate Two and says he has let a car come north.

    The Golden Skull John Blaine
  • Knowledge of the tree is, however, disclaimed by the gatekeeper.

  • But without answering him I threw a ruble to the gatekeeper and entered the silent pathways of the churchyard.

    Marie Tarnowska Annie Vivanti
  • He looked keenly and recognised the gatekeeper's daughter Moggie.

    The Light of Scarthey Egerton Castle
  • They were passed in after a nod and a few words between Higgins and the gatekeeper.

    King of Ranleigh F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton
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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