Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who keeps a tavern; a taverner.

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Examples

  • He was born in Bristol in April 1769, the son of a tavern-keeper, and grew up at his father's celebrated coaching inn, the Black Bear, on the Devizes road in Wiltshire.

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  • In fear of a beating from his hard-drinking debtor father, a tavern-keeper, he ran away from home at 13 and returned when he was almost 16.

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  • Considering her resources -- two magical swords that weren't much use for anything practical except cutting through anything in their path; a spell-casting, mechanically inclined rodent; a catgirl with a whip; a retired cyborg tavern-keeper; an animate steam engine; and a deeply depressed nineteen-year-old -- she thought she had done as well as could be expected.

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  • A child of humble parents-a merchant, a tavern-keeper, or perhaps even a farmer-begins to find bizarre things happening around him at the same time his body begins changing from child to adult.

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  • The book continues to go back and forth between these tales but within them are woven in tales belonging to all sorts of other characters - a wolf, a tavern-keeper, a beast-maiden, a marsh king and many others.

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  • From where he sat he made an imperceptible sign to the tavern-keeper.

    Les Miserables

  • The tavern-keeper returned to the fireplace, laid his hand abruptly on the shoulder of the man, and said to him: — “You are going to get out of here.”

    Les Miserables

  • “It is really our bridal chamber,” said the tavern-keeper.

    Les Miserables

  • The tavern-keeper stared alternately at the doll and at the traveller; he seemed to be scenting out the man, as he would have scented out a bag of money.

    Les Miserables

  • Considering her resources--two magical swords that weren't much use for anything practical except cutting through anything in their path; a spell-casting, mechanically inclined rodent; a catgirl with a whip; a retired cyborg tavern-keeper; an animate steam engine; and a deeply depressed nineteen-year-old--she thought she had done as well as could be expected.

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