Pub"li*can(?), n. [L. publicanus: cf. F. publicain. See Public.] 1. (Rom. Antiq.) 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.
As Jesus at meat . . . many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.Matt. 1x. 10.
How like a fawning publican he looks!Shak.
2. The keeper of an inn or public house; one licensed to retail beer, spirits, or wine.
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