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This week's theme: Professions of the past
noun: A doorkeeper, especially in a church.
From Latin ostiarius (doorkeeper), from ostium (door, entrance). Ultimately from the Indo-European root os- (mouth) that is also the source of usher, oral, orifice, oscillate, and osculate (to kiss).
"A uniformed ostiary ushered us into the reception area, a temple of
understatement in exotic marbles and dark, gleaming woods."
If a man should importune me to give a reason why I loved him, I find it could no otherwise be expressed, than by making answer: because it was he, because it was I. -Michel de Montaigne, essayist (1533-1592)