[ ek-sahyz-muhn, -sahys- ]

noun,plural ex·cise·men.British.
  1. an officer who collects excise taxes and enforces excise laws.

Origin of exciseman

First recorded in 1640–50; excise1 + man

Words Nearby exciseman

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How to use exciseman in a sentence

  • Will you countenance me, young ladies, if some villainous attorney or exciseman should by and by come to own me?'

    Camilla | Fanny Burney
  • Jem Hathaway, the exciseman, had in nothing exaggerated the magnificence of our young Londoner.

    Town Versus Country | Mary Russell Mitford
  • Indeed, from the time he obtained a situation under government, he gradually began to sink the farmer in the exciseman.

    Life of Robert Burns | Thomas Carlyle
  • During the day, no doubt, he was employed busily enough in doing his duty as an exciseman.

    Robert Burns | Principal Shairp.
  • This was the good woman's reply to her husband when he complained of the exciseman's too demonstrative gallantry.

    The Proverbs of Scotland | Alexander Hislop

British Dictionary definitions for exciseman


/ (ˈɛksaɪzˌmæn) /

nounplural -men
  1. British (formerly) a government agent whose function was to collect excise and prevent smuggling

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