time·​keep·​er | \ ˈtīm-ˌkē-pər How to pronounce timekeeper (audio) \

Definition of timekeeper

1 : a person appointed to mark and announce the time in an athletic game or contest
2 : timepiece
3 : a clerk who keeps records of the time worked by employees

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timekeeping \ ˈtīm-​ˌkē-​piŋ How to pronounce timekeeper (audio) \ noun

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Examples of timekeeper in a Sentence

The timekeeper forgot to stop the clock during the team's last time-out. the museum includes some ancient water clocks and sundials in its collection of historical timekeepers
Recent Examples on the Web Longines, which was both the official timekeeper and official watch of this year's Kentucky Derby, kicked off the historic weekend by hosting the Kentucky Oaks. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 12 May 2022 Hawkins would spend the next 25 years as the Foos’ timekeeper, also occasionally contributing guitar and piano to their recordings. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, 25 Mar. 2022 These nonvisual cells are also the primary timekeeper for our biological clocks—our circadian rhythms—located in the suprachiasmatic nuclei, a region of the hypothalamus in the brain. Steven Lockley, Scientific American, 18 Mar. 2021 Rolling Stone will be the official timekeeper for the Sweepstakes and reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entry that does not meet the eligibility requirements or otherwise does not comply with these Official Rules. Rolling Stone, 4 Feb. 2022 But that internal timekeeper can’t always keep up with human behavior. Sara Harrison, Wired, 20 Dec. 2021 Omega, the official timekeeper of the Games, has launched a new watch marking the Beijing Olympics; an Omega store in Beijing in 2020. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, 23 Jan. 2022 Because Tag Heuer is the sponsor and official timekeeper for the biannual event. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 23 Apr. 2021 Today, this classic steel version of the dual-sided timekeeper is most often used to engrave a special message, crest or emblem on the back for the ultimate heirloom piece. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 19 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of timekeeper

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Timekeeper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/timekeeper. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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time·​keep·​er | \ ˈtīm-ˌkē-pər How to pronounce timekeeper (audio) \

Kids Definition of timekeeper

: an official who keeps track of the time in a sports contest

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