Definition of gatekeeper in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡeɪtkiːpə/


1 (also gateman) An attendant employed to control who goes through a gate.
Example sentences
  • To use it, the gateman had to lower the gates while he left the tower.
  • The umpires, linesmen and gatemen and ‘everyone else’ were thanked too while the faithful supporters were not forgotten either.
  • The device will warn road users and gatemen of the approaching train by emitting a siren and through flashing lights.
1.1A person or thing that controls access to something: GPs can act as gatekeepers, filtering demands made on hospital services
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  • All these stories involve media gatekeepers expressing anxiety about losing control of the gate.
  • A first gatekeeper, controlling the first router, and a second gatekeeper, controlling the second router, together mediate the process of setting up the call.
  • Western gatekeepers thus controlled the axis of appropriation.
2An orange and brown European butterfly with small eyespots on the wings, frequenting hedgerows and woods. Also called hedge brown.
  • Pyronia tithonus, subfamily Satyrinae, family Nymphalidae
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