lock·​keep·​er | \ ˈläk-ˌkē-pər How to pronounce lockkeeper (audio) \

Definition of lockkeeper

: a person in charge of a lock (as on a canal)

Examples of lockkeeper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The canal, and the lockkeeper’s house, swiftly became obsolete. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Apr. 2022 Originally constructed in 1837 after George Washington advocated for canals in the nation’s capital, the lockkeeper’s house sat at the intersection of the former C&O Canal and Washington Canal. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2022 The lockkeeper kept records of merchandise that entered the city. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2022 Lockkeepers is adjacent to the river and also sits on the cusp of the Cleveland Metroparks' Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of lockkeeper

1762, in the meaning defined above

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“Lockkeeper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lockkeeper. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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