[ pohl-ter-er ]
/ ˈpoʊl tər ər /

noun British.

a dealer in poultry, hares, and game; poultryman.

Origin of poulterer

1525–35; obsolete poulter poultry dealer (< Middle French pouletier; see pullet, -ier2) + -er1
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/ (ˈpəʊltərə) /


British another word for a poultryman

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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