publican

noun pub·li·can \ ˈpə-bli-kən \
Updated on: 8 Jan 2018

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

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Origin and Etymology of 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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Definition of publican for English Language Learners

  • : someone who owns or manages a pub


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