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 Girard-Perregaux kicked off its 230th anniversary year with the announcement of its partnership with Aston Martin in February, a deal that made the watch manufacturer the British carmaker’s official timekeeper. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 1 June 2021 Breitling is also now the official timekeeper of the Deus Swank Rally, an epic motorcycle championship celebrating vintage motorcycles and taking place in different locations around the world. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 Breitling is now also the official timekeeper of the Deus Swank Rally – the epic motorcycle championship celebrating vintage bikes in locations around the world, including Italy, France, Australia and Bali. Carol Besler, Forbes, 3 Mar. 2021 Unfortunately, and rather ironically for those looking to unload their fluid timekeeper, the market is not very liquid. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 4 Mar. 2021 This is 21 years after their first duel in 2000, which, interestingly, also marked the first time Swiss watchmaker Omega served as the races’ official timekeeper. Mike Espindle, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2021 The counter weight on the central main chronograph hand is also in red, with an ornate rendition of the America’s Cup trophy as another nod to Omega’s status as the official timekeeper. Mike Espindle, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2021 Under the supervision of a referee and timekeeper, races were filmed and then reviewed by judges. Aaliyah Harris, CNN, 18 Nov. 2020 Its 30-second countdown has become synonymous with any deadline pressure, with a wood block timekeeper and a harp glissando finish as well as pizzicato strings at the very end. New York Times, 8 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of timekeeper

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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20 Jun 2021

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“Timekeeper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/timekeeper. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of timekeeper

: a person who controls or records official times during a contest (such as a race or game)
British used in the phrases good timekeeper and bad/poor timekeeper to say that someone is or is not good about arriving at the correct or expected time


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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