inn·keep·er | \ˈin-ˌkē-pər \

Definition of innkeeper 

1 : a proprietor of an inn

2 : hotelman

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Synonyms for innkeeper


landlord, taverner

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Examples of innkeeper in a Sentence

the innkeeper was a very genial, accommodating host

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Two hundred years ago, New Hampshire innkeeper Abel Crawford had a problem: guests at his White Mountain hotel were clamoring for the chance to summit the iconic Mount Washington. Kathryn Miles,, "Yankee grit and the building of the Appalachian Trail," 13 June 2018 Buy Photo Just as innkeeper Janet Reitano bid her last Spruce Hill Manor guest adieu last week, Monique Greenwood, the CEO — or chief enjoyment officer — of Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns arrived on the West Philly premises. Elizabeth Wellington,, "Akwaaba Philadelphia: The bed-and-breakfast that speaks to black people opens in West Philadelphia | Elizabeth Wellington," 26 June 2018 What surprised innkeeper John Thatcher was not only that business improved by as much as 50% but that most of his pot-smoking guests were upper-income baby boomers. Hugo Martin,, "Full vending machines. Pot on the pillow. What some California hotels are doing to attract marijuana smokers," 22 June 2018 Chicago stage veteran Rondi Reed (a Tony winner for August: Osage County) stepped in, bringing expert comedic timing and plaintive humor to the innkeeper of Falstaff's favorite hangout, The Boar's Head. Jordan Riefe, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Henry IV': Theater Review," 9 June 2018 The back story of Casa Olea is especially intriguing, not just because the innkeepers happen to be delightful storytellers. Sheryl Julian,, "From ruin to castle in rural Spain (and you can eat like royalty, too)," 23 May 2018 By the turn of the 20th century, some homeowners had begun operating as innkeepers, drawing better-off black families from the cities of the Northeast and beyond for extended summer stays. James Sullivan,, "Island’s Heritage Trail honors African-American Vineyarders," 9 May 2018 Among the standouts: Abbey Campbell (Antonia/Fermina/ensemble); the guitar-playing Sam C. Jones (Pedro/ensemble); Gabe Friedman (padre/Juan/ensemble); Lucas Blair (Anselmo/barber/ensemble); and Matt K. Miller (the governor/innkeeper). Mitchel Benson, sacbee, "'Man of La Mancha' is a soul-stirring musical about hope and honor | The Sacramento Bee," 25 Apr. 2018 The attentive innkeepers helped us drag our luggage up to our room. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Fast Chilean Growth Can Happen Again," 11 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of innkeeper

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of innkeeper

: a person who owns or manages an inn


inn·keep·er | \ˈin-ˌkē-pər \

Kids Definition of innkeeper

: the person who runs an inn

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