AskDefine | Define shopkeeper

Dictionary Definition

shopkeeper n : a merchant who owns or manages a shop [syn: tradesman, storekeeper, market keeper]

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Alternative spellings


  1. A trader who sells goods in a shop, or by retail; -- in distinction from one who sells by wholesale, or sells door to door.


Extensive Definition

A shopkeeper is an individual who owns a shop. Generally, shop employees are not shopkeepers, but are often incorrectly referred to as shopkeepers. Today, a shopkeeper is usually referred to as a manager, though this term could apply to larger firms (ie: multiple shops).

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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