[proh-kyoo r-er, pruh-]


a person who procures, especially a pander or pimp.

Nearby words

  1. procurator,
  2. procurator fiscal,
  3. procuratory,
  4. procure,
  5. procurement,
  6. procuress,
  7. procursive epilepsy,
  8. procyon,
  9. procyonidae,
  10. procès-verbal

Origin of procurer

1350–1400; Middle English (see procure, -er1); replacing Middle English procurour < Anglo-FrenchLatin prōcūrātōr- (stem of prōcūrātor) procurator Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for procurer


feminine procuress (prəˈkjʊərɪs)


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



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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