door·​keep·​er | \ ˈdȯr-ˌkē-pər How to pronounce doorkeeper (audio) \

Definition of doorkeeper

: a person who tends a door

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Examples of doorkeeper in a Sentence

the doorkeeper held the door open for us so we didn't have to put down our packages
Recent Examples on the Web Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee, former Senate Sergeant at Arms and doorkeeper Michael Stenger, former House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving and former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund have all been invited as witnesses. Rick Klein, ABC News, "Centrists flex political muscle in critical week for Biden agenda: The Note," 23 Feb. 2021 The Senate post is officially called the sergeant-at-arms and doorkeeper, harking back to its 18th-century duties of keeping members inside the Capitol to conduct the business of government. Beth Reinhard,, "House security chief resisted request for National Guard because of lawmakers’ wariness," 18 Jan. 2021 The glad-handing of the processional after the House doorkeeper announced his arrival. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Watch live: Trump delivers State of the Union on eve of impeachment vote, a spectacle of vision, rancor and surreality," 5 Feb. 2020 Boston Corbett, the man who shot President Abraham Lincoln’s assassin (John Wilkes Booth), served as assistant doorkeeper of the Kansas House of Representatives. 8. David Frese, kansascity, "Are you smarter than a Kansas 7th-grader of 100 years ago?," 29 Jan. 2018 And the doorkeeper, a part-time staff member and parent of a college student, can assess the sobriety of guests, entering and departing. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "Are Final Clubs Too Exclusive for Harvard?," 2 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of doorkeeper

1535, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of doorkeeper was in 1535

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6 Mar 2021

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“Doorkeeper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of doorkeeper

: someone who guards a door and checks people to see if they are allowed to enter the building

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