Definitions

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  • n. A theatre attendant in charge of the boxes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An attendant at a theater who has charge of the boxes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An attendant at the boxes of a theater.

Etymologies

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box +‎ keeper

Examples

  • In the meantime, as Shadwell relates, the rakes "live as much by their wits as ever; and to avoid the clinking dun of a boxkeeper, at the end of one act they sneak to the opposite side 'till the end of another; then call the boxkeeper saucy rascal, ridicule the poet, laugh at the actors, march to the opera, and spunge away the rest of the evening."

    The Palmy Days of Nance Oldfield

  • Royal during the service, and desiring a seat, he thus addressed one of the attendants on the pews, "Here, _boxkeeper_, open this _box_."

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 20, No. 575, November 10, 1832

  • I make it a rule never to lend my box; but you have the _entrée libre_ whenever you wish to go there, as I informed the boxkeeper last year.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 344, June, 1844

  • Vaudeville almost entirely protected from inspection by its two screens; and, on tipping the boxkeeper, was told that it contained a short, stout, elderly gentleman and a lady who was wearing a thick lace veil.

    The Crystal Stopper

  • This person appeared at length; the boxkeeper had been assisting her to take off her cloak.

    The Wandering Jew — Volume 08

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