from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A detective employed by a retail store, hotel, or other establishment to prevent theft or misconduct by patrons.
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- n. A person employed by a privately owned establishment, such as a hotel or large retail store, with the job of preventing wrongdoing and apprehending violators of laws or other regulations.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a private detective employed by a hotel or retail store
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Promptly Wada had forgotten all his English and lapsed into hysterical Japanese, and the house detective remembered only his Irish; while the hotel clerk had given me to understand in no uncertain terms that it was only what he had expected of me.