shop·​keep·​er | \ ˈshäp-ˌkē-pər How to pronounce shopkeeper (audio) \

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Hearing through the grapevine that a railroad was on its way, shopkeeper Andrew Jackson Meyers got a homestead grant of 160-plus acres in the mid 1880s and subdivided the land into the community that would become the city. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oceanside: One mission, plenty of piers and some famous avocados," 28 June 2019 Local souvenir shopkeepers said that the boys' ordeal has increased their fortunes. NBC News, "Thai soccer team marks anniversary of cave ordeal with run," 23 June 2019 Local souvenir shopkeepers said that the attention has improved their fortunes. Washington Post, "Thailand’s Wild Boars mark year since going missing in cave," 23 June 2019 There was the shopkeeper who reported a customer for failing to pay for half a bag of sugar, the homeowner who wanted compensation for a bad painting job and the man upset that an acquaintance had hit him with a shoe. Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times, "The Case of the Purloined Poultry: How ISIS Prosecuted Petty Crime," 1 July 2018 Interact with street performers and local shopkeepers, sample delicious gelato near the Spanish Steps, and take in the contemporary music scene in one of Rome's many historic piazzas. National Geographic, "Italy & Greece High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 Sausalito’s working class occupies the neighborhoods along the water, where Portuguese builders and Chinese shopkeepers lived in the years after the Gold Rush. Joe Kloc, Harper's magazine, "Lost at Sea," 10 June 2019 John Detrixhe/Quartz The elderly, shopkeepers that run pubs or stores that deal in cash, and anyone else who hasn’t fully joined the digital revolution stand in line when the bank van comes to town. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Scotland is on the front line in the fight against “cash deserts”," 31 May 2019 But so long as other shops accept cash, an individual shopkeeper has little incentive to accept electronic payments. The Economist, "Paying respectsHow mobile money is spreading," 3 May 2018

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1530, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of shopkeeper

: someone who owns or manages a shop or store


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