From Middle High German metziger, metzigære, variants of metzjer, metzjære, from Old High German meziāri, mezziāri (“butcher”), of uncertain origin. Perhaps a variant of Old High German mezalāri, mezzilāri (“merchant, moneychanger, butcher”), from Latin macellārius (“meat trader”).
- (regional, chiefly western Germany, southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland) butcher (male or of unspecified sex)
- This is the most common term for this profession in the German language area, albeit not the preferred one in government and other official contexts in Germany.
- “Metzger” in Duden online