inn·​keep·​er ˈin-ˌkē-pər How to pronounce innkeeper (audio)
: a proprietor of an inn

Example Sentences

the innkeeper was a very genial, accommodating host
Recent Examples on the Web The footage also features Olivia Colman as an innkeeper, Sally Hawkins as Wonka’s mother, and Calah Lane as Wonka’s new friend, per Variety. Vulture, 25 Apr. 2023 Crowds at CinemaCon also got glimpses at Olivia Colman as a Cockney innkeeper, Sally Hawkins as Wonka’s beloved mother and newcomer Calah Lane as the chocolatier’s new friend. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 25 Apr. 2023 But for travelers in distress, one innkeeper, who personifies Afghan generosity, is there to help — with a cup of tea, a meal or car repair. Yaqoob Akbary Kiana Hayeri, New York Times, 8 Apr. 2023 Ellen Stauffer, who is the innkeeper. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 21 June 2021 Each one has been restored to reflect the historical era during which it was built and features its own innkeeper. Wendy O'dea, Travel + Leisure, 20 Mar. 2023 Born about 1772, enslaved as a child and then set free by a family of German American potters, Mr. Commeraw began designing ceramics in the 1790s, including food storage vessels for oystermen and innkeepers. The New York Times, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2023 Learning a few phrases of the local language is always a nice icebreaker and shows respect, and please be patient with busy hut and innkeepers. Doug Mayer, Outside Online, 15 Feb. 2023 Christ Presbyterian Church hosts a free interactive walk-through Christmas story, 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at 7807 Centella St., featuring Mary and Joseph on the way to Bethlehem, baby Jesus in a manger, the innkeeper, shepherds and angels in the field, wise men and Emperor Augustus. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Innkeeper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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inn·​keep·​er ˈin-ˌkē-pər How to pronounce innkeeper (audio)
: the person who runs an inn

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