American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person who owns or operates a bar for the sale of alcoholic beverages.
- n. See bartender.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who has charge of the bar of an inn or other place of public entertainment; a bartender.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who keeps or tends a bar for the sale of liquors.
- n. an employee who mixes and serves alcoholic drinks at a bar
“Aaron called the barkeeper over and asked for a beer.”
“The barkeeper was the only human in the establishment; all of the patrons were stout, broad-faced halflings.”
“The barkeeper was a friend of mine, and he told the Jew that”
“The barkeeper was a busy man, and had been given the tip to keep sober or lose the last hold he had on his job.”
“Martin drank on silently, biting out his orders and invitations and awing the barkeeper, an effeminate country youngster with watery blue eyes and hair parted in the middle.”
“Martin dispensed royal largess, inviting everybody up, farm-hands, a stableman, and the gardener's assistant from the hotel, the barkeeper, and the furtive hobo who slid in like a shadow and like a shadow hovered at the end of the bar.”
“But Martin turned away, leaving him to tell it to the barkeeper, until that worthy was called away to furnish drinks to two farmers who, coming in, accepted Martin's invitation.”
“Hey not that way!" the barkeeper shouted, and then went after him and started him through the darkness toward Canyon City.”
“Johnny Heinold, "boss barkeeper, cash-register and swamper" of the First-and-Last Chance Saloon recalls the exploits of a noted California author.”
“Churchill drank a glass of whisky, told the barkeeper to call him in ten minutes, and sat down, his feet on the grip, his head on his knees.”
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