publican


pub·li·can

noun \ˈpə-bli-kən\

: someone who owns or manages a pub

Full Definition of PUBLICAN

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

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: public assistance
Previous Word in the Dictionary: public administrator
All Words Near: publican

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up publican? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More