timekeeper

noun

time·​keep·​er ˈtīm-ˌkē-pər How to pronounce timekeeper (audio)
1
: a person appointed to mark and announce the time in an athletic game or contest
2
3
: a clerk who keeps records of the time worked by employees
timekeeping noun

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 Beyond the sleek look and luxurious details, Longines is also the official timekeeper of the International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS), timing all FIS competitions around the globe for almost two decades. Jessica Chapel, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 Mar. 2024 For thousands of years, humans have relied on the sun as their guide and timekeeper. Allison Palmer, Charlotte Observer, 10 May 2024 Since then, its work has taken many forms as the official timekeeper of major competitions and the official watch of prestigious clubs. Allen Farmelo, Robb Report, 9 Apr. 2024 Circadian rhythms involve more than just the central clock in the brain, because every organ and tissue has its own molecular timekeepers, what scientists call peripheral clocks. Will Stone, NPR, 29 Mar. 2024 This question of how to situate our time in the narrative arc of Earth history has thrust the rarefied world of geological timekeepers into an unfamiliar limelight. Raymond Zhong, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2024 Unfortunately, these early clocks were lousy timekeepers, their ability to keep time deteriorating along with the battery. IEEE Spectrum, 29 Feb. 2024 Water clocks were among man’s earliest timekeepers. Karen Sullivan -, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Of course, beating at the heart of this timekeeper is an equally impeccable caliber: a mechanical movement dating from 1890 and signed A. Golay Leresche & Fils in Geneva. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 26 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of timekeeper was in 1686

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“Timekeeper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/timekeeper. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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timekeeper

noun
time·​keep·​er ˈtīm-ˌkē-pər How to pronounce timekeeper (audio)
1
: a clerk who keeps records of the time worked by employees
2
: an official who keeps track of the playing time in a sports contest

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