publican

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Senses 1 and 2 from Middle English, from Old French publicain, from Latin publicanus, from publicum.

Senses 4 and 5 are probably from the association with public house.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈpʌblɪkən/
    • (file)

Noun[edit]

publican (plural publicans)

  1. (historical) A tax collector in Ancient Rome.
  2. (now rare) Any tax collector.
  3. A heathen; a person excommunicated from the church.
  4. (chiefly UK) The owner or manager of a public house.
    • 1890, Rudyard Kipling, "Tommy"
      I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o' beer,
      The publican 'e up an 'sez, "We serve no red-coats here."
  5. (Australia, New Zealand) The owner or manager of a hotel.
    Synonym: hotelier

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin publicanus.

Noun[edit]

publican m (plural publicani)

  1. tax collector, publican

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Verb[edit]

publican

  1. third-person plural present indicative of publicar