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publican

[puhb-li-kuh n] /ˈpʌb lɪ kən/
noun
1.
Chiefly British. a person who owns or manages a tavern; the keeper of a pub.
2.
Roman History. a person who collected public taxes.
3.
any collector of taxes, tolls, tribute, or the like.
Origin of publican
1150-1200
First recorded in 1150-1200; Middle English word from Latin word pūblicānus. See public, -an
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publican

/ˈpʌblɪkən/
noun
1.
(in Britain) a person who keeps a public house
2.
(in ancient Rome) a public contractor, esp one who farmed the taxes of a province
Word Origin
C12: from Old French publicain, from Latin pūblicānus tax gatherer, from pūblicum state revenues
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Word Origin and History for publican
n.

c.1200, "tax-gatherer," from Old French publician (12c.), from Latin publicanus "a tax collector," noun use of an adjective, "pertaining to public revenue," from publicum "public revenue," noun use of neuter of publicus (see public (adj.)). Original sense in Matt. xviii:17, etc.; meaning "keeper of a pub" first recorded 1728, from public (house) + -an.

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