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

Examples of shopkeeper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Guarded by a vigilant shopkeeper, the shop could hold the key to the strangers’ pasts, presents and futures. Patrick Frater, Variety, 19 Feb. 2024 There are jokes about Chinese people looking alike and Chinese shopkeepers being rude and jokes about going from worshipping Buddha to worshipping Messi. Lautaro Grinspan, NBC News, 2 Feb. 2024 Working in her favor are a comatose mother-in-law (Carol Burnett), a hippie feminist trying to raise her consciousness (Laura Dern) and a gay shopkeeper (Dominic Burgess). Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2024 Essential workers from shopkeepers to street sweepers to grocery baggers come across hundreds of people on a day-to-day basis. Lenora Chu, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Feb. 2024 As Fanatics consolidated the merchandise industry, scores of small shopkeepers were boxed out. Ken Belson, New York Times, 26 Jan. 2024 Born July 21, 1926, in Toronto to shopkeepers, Jewison studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music and Malvern Collegiate Institute in Toronto before serving in the Canadian navy during World War II. Claudia Luther, Los Angeles Times, 22 Jan. 2024 In Sayeda Zeinab, the war reinforced residents’ conviction that a military leader is best for Egypt, shopkeeper Adel Tawfik, 75, said. Claire Parker, Washington Post, 18 Dec. 2023 The white-coated shopkeeper wrapped the candle in a discreet, cloth bag. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 12 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shopkeeper was in 1530

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“Shopkeeper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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