noun \ˈpə-bli-kən\

: someone who owns or manages a pub

Full Definition of PUBLICAN

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