from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who owns or manages an inn or hotel.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The keeper of an inn; an innholder; a taverner; in law, one who holds himself out to the public as ready to accommodate all comers with the conveniences usually supplied to travelers on their journeys.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who keeps an inn; the proprietor or manager of an inn or hotel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The person responsible for the running of an inn, usually the proprietor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the owner or manager of an inn


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From inn +‎ keeper.



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  • I avail myself of this opportunity to observe that the English innkeepers are in general great ale drinkers, and for this reason most of them are gross and corpulent; in particular they are plump and rosy in their faces. I once heard it said of one of them, that the extravasated claret in his phiz might well remind one, as Falstaff says of Bardolph, of hell-fire.

    - Karl Philipp Moritz, Travels in England in 1782

    November 14, 2008