from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A porter or an attendant who is on duty at night in a hotel, infirmary, etc.


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  • There was only the night-porter in the hall of the hotel.

    Maigret and the Old Lady

  • Half-believing, half-doubting the words of the fortune-teller, this early morning following hard upon her arrival in Heliopolis she slipped from her room, wakened the astounded night-porter of the Desert Palace

    The Hawk of Egypt

  • Later, when her beloved child wakened the night-porter, Jane Coop, blue with anxiety and cold, most unhygienically closed the window and thankfully padded off to her comfortable bed.

    The Hawk of Egypt

  • It is the night-porter, who wakes you at five by appointment, that you may enjoy your early coffee, tumble into a hired _volante_, and reach, half dead with sleep, the station in time for the train that goes to San Antonio.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 22, August, 1859

  • There was no night-porter, but one of the servants, in his dressing-gown, answered the bell.

    The Dancing Druids

  • She had a cup of coffee and a sandwich brought to her by the night-porter whom she had roused from sleep, for bedtime is early in

    The Girl on the Boat

  • She went down to the hall of the sleeping hotel, and bribed the night-porter to carry the letter to the nearest post office, though he objected that, at that hour, no time would be gained.

    The Glimpses of the Moon

  • She had a cup of coffee and a sandwich brought to her by the night-porter, whom she had roused from sleep, for bedtime is early in Windlehurst, and then informed him that she was going for a short walk and would ring when she returned.

    Three Men and a Maid

  • The average person would have recollected distastefully that unusual panther and that discomfortable night-porter and the madness which had smitten Duke Asmund's men, and the clattering vicious little hoofs of the shrill dwarfs; and to the average person this room would have seemed a desirable place to be many leagues away from.

    Figures of Earth

  • It was only through Dom Manuel's happening to arise very early one morning, at the call of nature, that he chanced to be passing through the hall when, at the moment of sunrise, the night-porter turned into an orange-colored rat, and crept into the wainscoting: and Manuel of course said nothing about this to anybody, because it was none of his affair.

    Figures of Earth


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