inn·​keep·​er | \ ˈin-ˌkē-pər \

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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Photo: Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Wall Street Journal Before the purchase, Ms. Smith took a class for aspiring innkeepers, then shadowed the sellers before taking over. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "A New Breed of Innkeepers for the Airbnb Era," 8 Nov. 2018 What the family doesn't know is that Stitch, who's bright blue, is actually a generic experiment, fueled by chaos, who landed on Earth after a voyage gone wrong — and now, the family has to protect Stitch from returning to his evil alien innkeepers. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, ""Lilo & Stitch" Is Disney's Next Live-Action Remake," 3 Oct. 2018 In all, Gonzales now faces 11 felony counts of extortion, two felony counts of attempted extortion, two misdemeanor counts of defrauding an innkeeper by non-payment and one misdemeanor count of petty theft. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "'Dine-and-dash dater' who allegedly left dates with pricey bills faces new charges," 9 Sep. 2018 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

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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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