publican

noun
pub·li·can | \ˈpə-bli-kən \

Definition of publican 

1a : a Jewish tax collector for the ancient Romans

b : a collector of taxes or tribute

2 chiefly British : the licensee of a public house

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In the kitchen there was Rob, the publican, who had basically given up cooking, and Andy, a northerner who was miserable and really the guy in charge of the kitchen. Dan Hunter, Bon Appetit, "The First Three Kitchens Where I Washed Dishes, Broke Glass, and Became a Chef," 5 May 2017

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First Known Use of publican

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for publican

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

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publican

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English Language Learners Definition of publican

: someone who owns or manages a pub

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