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noun pub·li·can \ˈpə-bli-kən\

Simple Definition of publican

  • : someone who owns or manages a pub

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of publican

  1. 1 a :  a Jewish tax collector for the ancient Romans b :  a collector of taxes or tribute

  2. 2 chiefly British :  the licensee of a public house

Origin of publican

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin publicanus tax farmer, from publicum public revenue, from neuter of publicus


First Known Use: 13th century


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