American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The keeper of an inn, hotel, nightclub, or eating establishment.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A landlord or innkeeper.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An innkeeper.
- n. (Roman Catholic Church) Anglo-Saxon missionary who was sent to Frisia and Germany to spread the Christian faith; was martyred in Frisia (680-754)
- n. the owner or manager of an inn
- After Boniface, an innkeeper in The Beaux' Stratagem by George Farquhar, 1707. (Wiktionary)
- After Boniface, an innkeeper in The Beaux' Stratagem by George Farquhar (1678-1707). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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