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.

1565–75; gate1 + keeper Unabridged
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gatekeeper (ˈɡeɪtˌkiːpə)
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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Example sentences
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
As gatekeeper of the tribal mind, he can be imperious and inflexible.
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