door·​keep·​er ˈdȯr-ˌkē-pər How to pronounce doorkeeper (audio)
: a person who tends a door

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 Both tickets’ corners are missing, presumably torn by the doorkeeper in question. Ellen Wexler, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Sep. 2023 The witnesses include Robert Contee, acting chief of police, Metropolitan Police Department; Steven Sund, former chief, U.S. Capitol Police; Michael Stenger, former Senate sergeant-at-arms and doorkeeper; and Paul Irving, former House sergeant-at-arms. Jamie McIntyre, Washington Examiner, 23 Feb. 2021 The doorkeeper, who is half-blind, won’t let him in. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 The doorkeeper with the cat’s eye is said to stay awake at night thereafter, looking for mice. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 The doctor replaces the doorkeeper’s blind eye with a cat’s eye, curing his sight. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 Meanwhile, his best friend Michael, a research executive, is zooming around town in a BMW and has a new apartment with a doorkeeper. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 21 Jan. 2022 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, 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,, 18 Jan. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1535, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of doorkeeper was in 1535

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“Doorkeeper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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door·​keep·​er -ˌkē-pər How to pronounce doorkeeper (audio)
: a person who tends a door
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