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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Examples of innkeeper in a Sentence

the innkeeper was a very genial, accommodating host
Recent Examples on the Web On Nina’s porch, Katie reproduced their exchange with the innkeeper, altering her voice and accent and acting out his grudge. The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2021 Janice Howard, a Coronado innkeeper who hadn’t been on a cruise in 16 years, decided on a whim last month to take one from Boston to Bermuda on Crystal Cruises. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Oct. 2021 In the show – which ran 1982 to 1990 – Bob Newhart plays an innkeeper. Marc Bona, cleveland, 12 Aug. 2021 The show expanded from McLean alone to a duo — an actor, Katie Thompson, performed the part of Constance for several years — and, when McLean’s son Jeff performed the role of the innkeeper, a trio. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Nov. 2020 After a decade of trying to become an innkeeper — but struggling to find a co-captain — Heveroh had almost given up. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 May 2021 Legal process: Hartman is charged with fraud by impersonation, defrauding an innkeeper and trespassing. Jonathon Berlin,, 18 Mar. 2021 And a recent performance ties together her strengths: In the Western News of the World, Marvel plays Ella Gannett, an innkeeper in Dallas who has a casual but long-standing relationship and genuine friendship with Captain Kidd (Tom Hanks). Nate Jones, Vulture, 21 Nov. 2020 The evil innkeeper killed them and stuffed their bodies in a pickle barrel. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 16 Nov. 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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“Innkeeper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of innkeeper

: 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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