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
3 : a clerk who keeps records of the time worked by employees

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timekeeping \ ˈtīm-​ˌkē-​piŋ How to pronounce timekeeping (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 But the conference also installed neutral timekeepers at all stadiums the next season. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "The most stunning Michigan sports endings this century from all corners," 1 June 2020 These two items served as my timekeepers; as markers, always an arm’s length away, through life events that seemed to make time irrelevant. Jennifer Pownall, New York Times, "The Blessing of Distraction," 13 May 2020 As mainsprings are indispensable for portable mechanical timekeepers, this raises the question: when was the first watch made? Jack Forster, Bloomberg.com, "Watchmaking’s Most Essential and Underappreciated Component," 3 Feb. 2020 There is no clock in my house, so Google Home is often the timekeeper. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "There Are No Hours or Days in Coronatime," 8 May 2020 Cook, the band’s thunderous timekeeper, is hardly represented, but maybe that’s appropriate; the drummer should be a kind of nonentity. James Parker, The Atlantic, "What Happened When the Sex Pistols Threw a Christmas Party," 6 Mar. 2020 In a back corner of one atelier hangs a tall pendulum clock, a precise timekeeper with a hand to indicate seconds, which the school said had been used as a teaching aid for years. Vivian Morelli, New York Times, "At the Heart of France’s Watch Country," 19 Feb. 2020 At the final buzzer, James and his team were planning to set up four mats, timekeeper tables and chairs, and ropes to cordon off the mats from spectators. Brandon Chase, BostonGlobe.com, "Methuen well-prepared for four weeks of championship wrestling," 14 Feb. 2020 Liberace had been serving as the special guest timekeeper for Wrestlemania and was thus part of the wrestling contingent at the show. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here are 16 Wisconsinites who've guest-hosted or performed on 'Saturday Night Live' before J.J. Watt," 22 Jan. 2020

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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 12 Aug. 2020.

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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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