doorkeeper vs ostiary what difference

what is difference between doorkeeper and ostiary


Alternative forms

  • door-keeper


From door +‎ keeper.


doorkeeper (plural doorkeepers)

  1. The person in charge of an entryway, sometimes just a doorman, sometimes something more.
    • 1920, Willa Cather, Youth and the Bright Medusa.
      The manager at Carnegie Hall was told to get another usher in his stead; the doorkeeper at the theatre was warned not to admit him to the house; and Charley Edwards remorsefully promised the boy’s father not to see him again.




Borrowed from Latin ostiārius, from ostium (door, entrance). See usher, which may be a doublet.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɒsti.əɹi/, /ˈɒstʃəɹi/


ostiary (plural ostiaries)

  1. The mouth of a river; an estuary.
  2. One who keeps the door, especially the door of a church; a porter.
    Synonym: ostiarius
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)

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