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noun British.
  1. a dealer in poultry, hares, and game; poultryman.
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Origin of poulterer

1525–35; obsolete poulter poultry dealer (< Middle French pouletier; see pullet, -ier2) + -er1
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Examples from the Web for poulterer

Historical Examples of poulterer

  • We sold them to a poulterer at Brighton, who took all we could catch in a season at 18d.

    Highways &amp; Byways in Sussex

    E.V. Lucas

  • Do you know the Poulterer's, in the next street but one, at the corner?

  • If we was charging sixpence a-head or so—— said prudent Pigeon, the poulterer.

    Salem Chapel, v.1/2

    Mrs. Oliphant

  • I say—go to the poulterer's round the corner, and buy the prize turkey for me!

    A Christmas Carol

    C. Z. Barnett

  • But should you not be able to manage it, you must send it to the poulterer.

British Dictionary definitions for poulterer


  1. British another word for a poultryman
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Word Origin for poulterer

C17: from obsolete poulter, from Old French pouletier, from poulet pullet
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Word Origin and History for poulterer


"dealer in poultry," 1630s, a redundancy, but it has largely ousted original poulter (mid-13c., pulter), from Anglo-French poleter, pulleter, Old French pouletier "poulterer," from pouletrie (see poultry). With agent suffix -er (1). Poetic poulter's measure (1570s), according to Miller Williams, is "So called because with its thirteen feet it suggests the poulter's old practice of giving an extra egg with the second dozen." ["Patterns of Poetry," Louisiana State University, 1986].

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