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Old French tavernier.


taverner (plural taverners)

  1. (archaic) Someone who owns a tavern.
    • 1919, Arthur Train, Tutt and Mr. Tutt[1]:
      In the Ninth Year Book of that Monarch's reign there is a case in which it was held that 'if I go to a tavern to eat, and the taverner gives and sells me meat and it corrupted, whereby I am made very sick, action lies against him without any express warranty, for there is a warranty in law'; and in the time of Henry the Seventh the learned Justice Keilway said, 'No man can justify selling corrupt victual, but an action on the case lies against the seller, whether the victual was warranted to be good or not.'

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