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procurer

[proh-kyoo r-er, pruh-]
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noun
  1. a person who procures, especially a pander or pimp.

Origin of procurer

1350–1400; Middle English (see procure, -er1); replacing Middle English procurour < Anglo-FrenchLatin prōcūrātōr- (stem of prōcūrātor) procurator
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Examples from the Web for procurer

Historical Examples

  • He combined two professions, that of cobbler by day and a procurer of girls by night.

    Sac-Au-Dos

    Joris Karl Huysmans

  • And what credit can the poor clerk of a procurer have, pray?

    Ten Years Later

    Alexandre Dumas, Pere

  • The third, who is in mufti, is Mr. N——, the procurer to the Chamber of Judgments.

  • One wrote that she was compelled to pay her procurer from $5 to $6 daily.

  • That evening, he wrote to the Procurer of the Republique at Rouen.


British Dictionary definitions for procurer

procurer

feminine procuress (prəˈkjʊərɪs)

noun
  1. a person who procures, esp one who procures women or girls as prostitutes
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Word Origin and History for procurer

n.

late 14c., "advocate, spokesman," from Anglo-French procurour, Old French procureur (13c., Modern French procureur), from Latin procuratorem (see procurator). Meaning "contriver" is from mid-15c. Specifically of one who supplies women to gratify the lusts of another from 1630s. Fem. form procuress is shortened from Old French procureresse.

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