Meaning of publican

pub•li•can

Pronunciation: (pub'li-kun), [key]
— n.
  1. a person who owns or manages a tavern; the keeper of a pub.
  2. a person who collected public taxes.
  3. any collector of taxes, tolls, tribute, or the like.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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