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

Definition of innkeeper

1 : a proprietor of an inn

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the innkeeper was a very genial, accommodating host
Recent Examples on the Web Preisch had already taken a new job as the chef and innkeeper at the Silo Suites B&B at Abbey Road Farm, a working farm and wine collective in Carlton. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "One of Portland’s top fine-dining restaurants has closed for good," 7 Oct. 2020 The film follows a traveling lonely widow who meets an innkeeper that changes her life forever. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Truth About Kathie Lee Gifford and Her 'Then Came You' Costar Craig Ferguson's Relationship," 2 Oct. 2020 Turner recalls a Hudson Valley innkeeper who spent two days sanitizing board games in her parlor — including wiping down every playing card, backgammon stone and chess piece. Elizabeth Heath, Washington Post, "Amid coronavirus restrictions, can small inns and B&Bs retain their warm and cozy vibe?," 14 Aug. 2020 Carol Kelly, general manager and innkeeper at Portland’s White House, said the venue invested in a tripod with a flat plate to hold laptops, as well as microphones and a camera. oregonlive, "Fairytale wedding goes forth – over Zoom - during the coronavirus pandemic," 7 July 2020 Today, there are far fewer traditional B&Bs, in which guests reserve the same room for return visits, look forward to joining other guests at a multi-course breakfast and confer with the innkeeper before making dinner or theater reservations. oregonlive, "Who will buy an iconic Irvington B&B? A big family, investor or Airbnb booker?," 10 June 2020 Hana Pevny, owner/innkeeper of the Waldo Emerson Inn in Kennebunkport, Maine, normally reaches her home in Colorado by flying Portland-Chicago-Aspen. Sara Clemence, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Safe Is it to Fly? 7 Recent Passengers on What's Changed," 6 May 2020 Two of them, George and Linda McCarty, are the innkeepers at the Harpers Ferry Guest House, indisputably within town boundaries. Peter Jamison, Washington Post, "Death threats and illegal voting: The war over a luxury resort in Harpers Ferry," 17 Feb. 2020 Many Ashland innkeepers can offer guests discounts – up to 75 percent off OSF ticket prices – and make all the arrangements. oregonlive, "Places to stay in Ashland, from camping to luxury digs," 9 Feb. 2020

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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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19 Oct 2020

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“Innkeeper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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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