the owner of a tavern.
Obsolete. a frequenter of taverns.

Origin of taverner

1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French tavernier. See tavern, -er2




John,1490?–1545, English organist and composer.
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Examples from the Web for taverner

Historical Examples of taverner

  • It was built in the year 1319 by one Thomas Drinkwater, taverner of London.

    South London

    Sir Walter Besant

  • And, as the book of Ecclesiasticus saith, the taverner shall not be freed from sin.

    No Cross, No Crown

    William Penn

  • Taverner refused, and, as they were at a cross-road, went his own way.

    Irish Witchcraft and Demonology

    St. John D. (St. John Drelincourt) Seymour

  • About the same time were issued Cranmer's and Taverner's editions of the Bible.

    The Bible: what it is

    Charles Bradlaugh

  • Then you don't want to say a good word to the taverner and the sergeant?

    The Queen Pedauque

    Anatole France

British Dictionary definitions for taverner



archaic a keeper of a tavern
obsolete a constant frequenter of taverns



John. ?1495–1545, English composer, esp of church music; best known for the mass Western Wynde, based on a secular song
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