gatekeeper

noun
gate·​keep·​er | \ ˈgāt-ˌkē-pər How to pronounce gatekeeper (audio) \

Definition of gatekeeper

1 : one that tends or guards a gate
2 : a person who controls access

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Other Words from gatekeeper

gatekeeping \ ˈgāt-​ˌkē-​piŋ How to pronounce gatekeeping (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for gatekeeper

Synonyms

doorkeeper, doorman, janitor, porter [chiefly British]

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Share Local Media works as a kind of gatekeeper, able to place like-minded brands together. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Why so many hip startups advertise with snail mail," 1 Nov. 2018 But now's a great time to update these internet gatekeepers. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Today's the Day to Replace That Busted Router and Upgrade Your Internet," 20 Feb. 2019 There would be no gatekeepers in the form of a traditional editorial board. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Book tells the inside story of how Reddit came to be the Internet’s “id”," 30 Dec. 2018 But thanks to the fluidity of the streaming ecosystem, the internet moves faster than any gatekeeper, and both XXXTentacion and 6ix9ine (formerly Tekashi69) have found success rapidly. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Two SoundCloud Rap Outlaws Push Boundaries From the Fringes," 21 Mar. 2018 For his part, O’Neill appeared focused Tuesday on defining the limits of his role as a gatekeeper. Jeremy Roebuck, Philly.com, "Bill Cosby's lawyers, fearing #MeToo backlash, fight to keep 19 other accusers out of court," 6 Mar. 2018 The best museums are successfully reaching new audiences, telling untold stories and engaging fresh voices and perspectives beyond the historical gatekeepers of aesthetic value. WSJ, "What Place Has Politics in a House of Art?," 27 Dec. 2018 Oil is still, in many respects, the gatekeeper of climate policy. David Roberts, Vox, "California’s cap-and-trade system may be too weak to do its job," 12 Dec. 2018 In a year when people of color dominated critics' hearts and the box office, Hollywood gatekeepers continue to shun award-worthy performances in favor of old (read: white) fallbacks. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Screen Actors Guild Nominated Just One Woman of Color for an Individual Acting Award," 12 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of gatekeeper

1572, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Mar 2019

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The first known use of gatekeeper was in 1572

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gatekeeper

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gatekeeper

: a person who guards a gate

gatekeeper

noun
gate·​keep·​er | \ ˈgāt-ˌkē-pər How to pronounce gatekeeper (audio) \

Kids Definition of gatekeeper

: a person who guards a gate

gatekeeper

noun
gate·​keep·​er | \ -ˌkē-pər How to pronounce gatekeeper (audio) \

Medical Definition of gatekeeper

: a health-care professional (as a primary care physician) who regulates access especially to hospitals and specialists managed care plans rely on a designated physician gatekeeper to orchestrate and control the health care of its enrollees— E. A. Halm et al

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