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tidewaiter

[ tahyd-wey-ter ]
/ ˈtaɪdˌweɪ tər /
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noun

a customs officer who checks goods upon a vessel's landing, to secure the payment of duties.

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Origin of tidewaiter

First recorded in 1700–15; tide1 + waiter

OTHER WORDS FROM tidewaiter

tide·wait·er·ship, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for tidewaiter

tidewaiter
/ (ˈtaɪdˌweɪtə) /

noun

(formerly) a customs officer who boarded and inspected incoming ships
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