[syn: doorkeeper, doorman, door guard, hall porter, porter, gatekeeper, ostiary]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Doorkeeper \Door"keep`er\, n.
One who guards the entrance of a house or apartment; a
porter; a janitor.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an official stationed at the entrance of a courtroom or
legislative chamber [syn: usher, doorkeeper]
2: the lowest of the minor Holy Orders in the unreformed Western
Church but now suppressed by the Roman Catholic Church [syn:
doorkeeper, ostiary, ostiarius]
3: someone who guards an entrance [syn: doorkeeper, doorman,
door guard, hall porter, porter, gatekeeper,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
26 Moby Thesaurus words for "doorkeeper":
acolyte, acolytus, cerberus, concierge, deacon, diaconus, doorman,
exorcist, exorcista, gatekeeper, holy orders, janitor, lector,
major orders, minor orders, ostiarius, ostiary, porter, presbyter,
priest, reader, receptionist, subdeacon, subdiaconus, usher,
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
This word is used in Ps. 84:10 (R.V. marg., "stand at the
threshold of," etc.), but there it signifies properly "sitting
at the threshold in the house of God." The psalmist means that
he would rather stand at the door of God's house and merely look
in, than dwell in houses where iniquity prevailed.
Persons were appointed to keep the street door leading into
the interior of the house (John 18:16, 17; Acts 12:13).
Sometimes females held this post.