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
Related formsrate·pay·ing, adjective, noun
First recorded in 1835–45; rate1
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
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Historical Examples of ratepayer
And his person, too, had the rotundity which the ratepayer demands.
"But surely cookery is taught in the schools," pleaded the Ratepayer.
For that reason an English municipal taxpayer is called a ratepayer.
Enter Injured, but Beauteous, Ratepayer, wringing her hands.
And as a ratepayer, I have assisted to support him ever since!
British Dictionary definitions for ratepayer
a person who pays local rates, esp a householder
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