Simple Definition of publican
: 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
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