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  • n. A live-in doorkeeper, especially in an apartment building

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From Urdu دروان (darvān) and Hindi दरवान (darvān), from Persian دروان (darvān), from دربان (darbān, "doorkeeper"), from در (dar, "door") + بان (-bān, "keeper, guardian").

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