publican

[ puhb-li-kuh n ]
/ ˈpʌb lɪ kən /

noun

Chiefly British. a person who owns or manages a tavern; the keeper of a pub.
Roman History. a person who collected public taxes.
any collector of taxes, tolls, tribute, or the like.

Origin of publican

First recorded in 1150–1200; Middle English word from Latin word pūblicānus. See public, -an
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British Dictionary definitions for publican

publican
/ (ˈpʌblɪkən) /

noun

(in Britain) a person who keeps a public house
(in ancient Rome) a public contractor, esp one who farmed the taxes of a province

Word Origin for publican

C12: from Old French publicain, from Latin pūblicānus tax gatherer, from pūblicum state revenues
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