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

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Most of the 3,800 car-factory workers, tax attorneys, farm laborers, shopkeepers and other conscripts who filled its ranks hailed from Michigan. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "The One Time American Troops Fought Russians Was at the End of World War I—and They Lost," 9 Nov. 2018 Hanoi shopkeepers watch President Clinton announce normalization of relations with Vietnam in July 1995. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "At Trump-Kim Summit, Host Vietnam Blazes Trail for North Korea," 23 Feb. 2019 Fear of angry shopkeepers ahead of spring elections likely forced the government’s hand. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Politics May Trip Up Amazon and Walmart in India," 10 Jan. 2019 In Honolulu, where the storm deposited only a few inches of rain, shopkeepers removed plywood from their windows and reopened for business. Fox News, "Storm drifts away from Hawaii after 'almost biblical' rains," 26 Aug. 2018 Iranians have already seen their savings dwindle, and shopkeepers are increasingly refusing to sell certain goods, unsure of their true value. Amir Vahdat, The Seattle Times, "In Iran, economic worries grow as new US sanctions loom," 30 July 2018 Extortionists now think twice before bullying shopkeepers, knowing there will be a flurry of media attention and police investigations, says its founder, Daniele Marannano. The Economist, "Trends in extortion payments by companies to Italy’s Mafia," 14 June 2018 But the third try proved the charm for Lopez Obrador, 64, a shopkeeper’s son from the southern state of Tabasco who rode to victory on a wave of voter discontent with rampant corruption, escalating crime and a sluggish economy. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wins Mexico's presidential election in a massive landslide," 2 July 2018 His father was a shopkeeper, his mother a seamstress, and the family was continually in debt. Lloyd Schwartz, WSJ, "‘Debussy’ Review: An Ear for Beauty," 18 Oct. 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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