game·keep·er | \ˈgām-ˌkē-pər \

Definition of gamekeeper 

: a person in charge of the breeding and protection of game animals or birds on a private preserve

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Whisper was brought into the family following the death of one of the gamekeepers at the royal family’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk. Simon Perry,, "Queen Elizabeth's Last Remaining Corgi Has Died," 18 Apr. 2018 The gamekeeper sharpens the blade with a whetstone and shows him how it is done. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Does Crafting Make People Happier?," 9 Apr. 2018 Hilarion, the gamekeeper, is in love with Giselle and feels threatened by Albrecht, who flirts and pretends he isn’t engaged. Marcia Manna,, "In City Ballet's 'Giselle,' dancers find charm in classic work," 8 Mar. 2018 According to the estate’s website, over 200 people make their living from the estate, including gamekeepers, gardeners, farmers, and those who work in Sandringham’s sawmill and its apple juice pressing plant. Chanel Vargas, Town & Country, "Inside Queen Elizabeth II's Private Home at Sandringham Castle," 13 Dec. 2017 Now, the gamekeepers feed the birds a medicated grit that kills the worms that once decimated the flocks. William Booth, Washington Post, "For Britain’s tweed-and-shotgun set, ‘It’s warfare.’ Over a bird on the moors.," 23 Dec. 2017 Still, the industry used carriage types to describe its models, like phaeton (a light, open carriage), shooting brake (a carriage meant for gamekeepers and sportsmen) and cabriolet (a light carriage with a foldable hood drawn by one horse). James Schembari, New York Times, "Where Your Mercedes-Benz and Porsche Were Born," 4 Sep. 2017 Meanwhile, Octave flirts with a chambermaid (Paulette Dubost), sparking the violent rage of her gamekeeper husband (Gaston Modot). Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Rules of the Game," 13 Jan. 2015 In the end, Maurice finds happiness with Alec Scudder, a gamekeeper on Clive’s estate. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, "James Ivory and the Making of a Historic Gay Love Story," 19 May 2017

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1645, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of gamekeeper

: a person who is in charge of the breeding and protection of animals that are hunted on private land


game·keep·er | \ˈgām-ˌkē-pər \

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: a person in charge of the breeding and protection of game animals or birds on private land

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