inn·​keep·​er | \ ˈin-ˌkē-pər How to pronounce innkeeper (audio) \

Definition of innkeeper

1 : a proprietor of an inn
2 : hotelman

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Synonyms for innkeeper


boniface, landlord, taverner

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Examples of innkeeper in a Sentence

the innkeeper was a very genial, accommodating host

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In moving to East Brother, the couple have joined a lineage of resident lightkeepers and innkeepers that stretches back nearly 150 years. Sarah Feldberg,, "Remember that viral lighthouse job? They got it," 12 Sep. 2019 The rest goes to the innkeepers for guest food and wine, basic supplies and laundry service. Sarah Feldberg,, "Remember that viral lighthouse job? They got it," 12 Sep. 2019 The story behind the original innkeeper's death is teased as a scary mystery but is, hilariously, never revealed. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Netflix's Falling Inn Love Leans Into Being a Sappy Rom-Com—and You'll Love Every Minute," 29 Aug. 2019 Jason Nies, innkeeper at The Inn at Honey Run in Millersburg, Ohio, was hosting a family reunion on the grounds of the resort in July when relative Jackson Hepner made the exciting discovery. Rachel Desantis,, "Boy, 12, Finds Woolly Mammoth Tooth at Family Reunion in Ohio," 15 Aug. 2019 Quickly, the brassy innkeeper who appears in all the same plays that Falstaff does, is played by the treasured local performer Debra Walsh (a regular not just with Capital Classics by HartBeat Ensemble and Bated Breath Theatre). Christopher Arnott,, "A funny, slapstick ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’ from Capital Classics," 15 July 2019 But making the public take measure of him against other innkeepers is a fine way to make a point. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Is Trump moral enough to run a bar?," 20 June 2019 John Harvey Adamson, 32, who police had arrested twice in the last 10 days on charges of defrauding an innkeeper and defrauding a business establishment, was booked into Maricopa County jail on an open charge of murder., "Don Bolles loses fight for life: Remembering the reporter with his 1976 obituary," 13 June 2019 Talk to farmers, fishermen, and innkeepers about their daily lives. National Geographic, "Ireland High School Expedition," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of innkeeper

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of innkeeper was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of innkeeper

old-fashioned : a person who owns or manages an inn


inn·​keep·​er | \ ˈin-ˌkē-pər How to pronounce innkeeper (audio) \

Kids Definition of innkeeper

: the person who runs an inn

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