- a person who pays a regular charge for the use of a public utility, as gas or electricity, usually based on the quantity consumed.
- British. a person who pays rates; a taxpayer of the local government.
Origin of ratepayer
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And his person, too, had the rotundity which the ratepayer demands.Ghetto Comedies
"But surely cookery is taught in the schools," pleaded the Ratepayer.
For that reason an English municipal taxpayer is called a ratepayer.The American Language
Henry L. Mencken
Enter Injured, but Beauteous, Ratepayer, wringing her hands.
And as a ratepayer, I have assisted to support him ever since!
- a person who pays local rates, esp a householder