Definition of Publican

1. Noun. The keeper of a public house.

Definition of Publican

1. n. A farmer of the taxes and public revenues; hence, a collector of toll or tribute. The inferior officers of this class were often oppressive in their exactions, and were regarded with great detestation.

Definition of Publican

1. Noun. (British) the landlord of a public house ¹

2. Noun. a tax collector in ancient Rome ¹

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Definition of Publican

1. one who owns or manages a pub [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Publican

public speaker
public speaking
public square
public telephone
public toilet
public transit
public transits
public transport
public transports
public treasury
public trust
public utility
public violence
public works
publican (current term)
publication bias
publication biases

Literary usage of Publican

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1. The Sermons of Mr. Yorick by Laurence Sterne, Wilbur Lucius Cross (1904)
"SERMON VI PHARISEE AND publican IN THE TEMPLE I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other. — LUKE xviii. 14, First Part. ..."

2. Aaron's Rod Blossoming, Or, The Divine Ordinance of Church Government by George Gillespie (1844)
"The other branch, " Let him be to thee as a publican," I have before said enough of it. This only I add : There were among the Jews two sorts of publicans ..."

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