Definitions for conciergeˌkɒn siˈɛərʒ; Fr. kɔ̃ˈsyɛrʒ; -siˈɛər ʒɪz; Fr. -ˈsyɛrʒ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•ciergeˌkɒn siˈɛərʒ; Fr. kɔ̃ˈsyɛrʒ; -siˈɛər ʒɪz; Fr. -ˈsyɛrʒ(n.)(pl.)-cierges

  1. (esp. in France) a person who has charge of the entrance of a building and is often the owner's representative or caretaker.

  2. a member of a hotel staff in charge of special services for guests, as arranging for theater tickets.

  3. an employee in an apartment house who directs or carries out various services relating to the building or its tenants.

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Origin of concierge:

1640–50; < F; OF cumserges < L con-con - +serviēns, prp. of servīre to serve

Princeton's WordNet

  1. concierge(noun)

    a French caretaker of apartments or a hotel; lives on the premises and oversees people entering and leaving and handles mail and acts as janitor or porter

Wiktionary

  1. concierge(Noun)

    One who attends to the wishes of hotel guests.

  2. concierge(Noun)

    One who attends to the maintenance of a building and provides services to its tenants and visitors.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Concierge(noun)

    one who keeps the entrance to an edifice, public or private; a doorkeeper; a janitor, male or female

Freebase

  1. Concierge

    A concierge is an employee of an apartment building, hotel or office building who serves guests with duties similar to those of a butler. The position can also be maintained by a security officer over the graveyard shift. A similar position, known as the portero, exists in Spanish-speaking regions. The term "concierge" evolved from the French Comte Des Cierges, The Keeper of the Candles, who tended to visiting nobles in castles of the medieval era. In medieval times, the concierge was an officer of the King who was charged with executing justice, with the help of his bailiffs. Later on in the 18th Century, The Concierge was a high official of the kingdom, appointed by the king to maintain order and oversee the police and prisoner records. In 19th century and early 20th century apartment buildings, particularly in Paris, the concierge often had a small apartment on the ground floor, called la loge, and was able to monitor all comings and goings. However, such settings are now extremely rare; most concierges in small or middle-sized buildings have been replaced by the part-time services of door-staff. Some larger apartment buildings or groups of buildings retain the use of a concierge. The concierge may, for instance, keep the mail of absented dwellers; be entrusted with the apartment keys to deal with emergencies when residents are absent, provide information to residents and guests, provide access control, enforce rules, and act as a go-between for residents and management when management is not on-site.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

janitor(noun)

a caretaker or a doorkeeper.

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