Etymology
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barkeep (n.)

"one who has charge of a bar in a tavern, etc.," 1846, probably short for barkeeper (1712); from bar (n.2) + agent noun of keep (v.).

updated on March 31, 2017

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Definitions of barkeep from WordNet

barkeep (n.)
an employee who mixes and serves alcoholic drinks at a bar;
Synonyms: bartender / barman / barkeeper / mixologist
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