a person who guards or watches, as at a prison or gate.
a person who assumes responsibility for another's behavior: He refused to be his brother's keeper.
a person who owns or operates a business (usually used in combination): a hotelkeeper.
a person who is responsible for the maintenance of something (often used in combination): a zookeeper; a groundskeeper.
a person charged with responsibility for the preservation and conservation of something valuable, as a curator or game warden.
a person who conforms to or abides by a requirement: a keeper of his word.
a fish that is of sufficient size to be caught and retained without violating the law.
Football. a play in which the quarterback retains the ball and runs with it, usually after faking a hand-off or pass.
something that serves to hold in place, retain, etc., as on a door lock.
something that lasts well, as a fruit.
an iron or steel bar placed across the poles of a permanent horseshoe magnet for preserving the strength of the magnet during storage.

1250–1300; Middle English keper. See keep, -er1

keeperless, adjective
keepership, noun
underkeeper, noun

1. warden, jailer. 2. custodian, guardian. Unabridged
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keeper (ˈkiːpə)
1.  a person in charge of animals, esp in a zoo
2.  a person in charge of a museum, collection, or section of a museum
3.  a person in charge of other people, such as a warder in a jail
4.  goalkeeper wicketkeeper See gamekeeper
5.  a person who keeps something
6.  a device, such as a clip, for keeping something in place
7.  a soft iron or steel bar placed across the poles of a permanent magnet to close the magnetic circuit when it is not in use

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Lauder had also applied at some point for the keepership of the university library.
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