Definitions for: Keeper


[n] one having charge of buildings or grounds or animals
[n] someone in charge of other people; "am I my brother's keeper?"



Webster (1913) Definition: Keep"er, n.
1. One who, or that which, keeps; one who, or that which,
holds or has possession of anything.

2. One who retains in custody; one who has the care of a
prison and the charge of prisoners.

3. One who has the care, custody, or superintendence of
anything; as, the keeper of a park, a pound, of sheep, of
a gate, etc.; the keeper of attached property; hence, one
who saves from harm; a defender; a preserver.

The Lord is thy keeper. --Ps. cxxi. 6.

4. One who remains or keeps in a place or position.

Discreet; chaste; keepers at home. --Titus ii. 5.

5. A ring, strap, clamp, or any device for holding an object
in place; as:
(a) The box on a door jamb into which the bolt of a lock
protrudes, when shot.
(b) A ring serving to keep another ring on the finger.
(c) A loop near the buckle of a strap to receive the end
of the strap.

6. A fruit that keeps well; as, the Roxbury Russet is a good
keeper. -- Downing.

Keeper of the forest (O. Eng. Law), an officer who had the
principal government of all things relating to the forest.


Keeper of the great seal, a high officer of state, who has
custody of the great seal. The office is now united with
that of lord chancellor. [Eng.]

Keeper of the King's conscience, the lord chancellor; -- a
name given when the chancellor was an ecclesiastic. [Eng.]


Keeper of the privy seal (styled also lord privy seal), a
high officer of state, through whose hands pass all
charters, pardons, etc., before they come to the great
seal. He is a privy councillor, and was formerly called
clerk of the privy seal. [Eng.]

Keeper of a magnet, a piece of iron which connects the two
poles, for the purpose of keeping the magnetic power
undiminished; an armature.

Synonyms: custodian, steward

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