Definition of victualer in English:


Syllabification: vict·ual·er
Pronunciation: /ˈvitl-ər
(British victualler)


  • 1 dated A person providing or selling food or other provisions.
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    • The old shop was once a butcher's shop when the Henaghan family were the town's leading victuallers.
    • A GAA county development officer, the former victualler surprised many when leaving the meat trade for a coaching role.
    • The profits from these activities provided work for an endless array of builders, carriage-makers, tailors, seamstresses, domestic servants, cab-drivers, and victuallers.
  • 1.1A ship providing supplies for troops or other ships.
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    • The lines kept getting confused and each time the lighter thought it was freed it turned out to be the ropes of the victualler!
    • It is perhaps a perception of this which led the Crown to reject a constructive proposal from the navy victuallers in 1638.
  • 2 (also licensed victualer) British A person who is licensed to sell alcoholic liquor.
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    • He sells his questions by the dozen to licensed victuallers and is compiling an interactive quiz for the internet and CD-rom.
    • Alongside commercial directories, they allow one to be much more specific about the specialisation of manufacturers and retailers classified as for example victuallers, confectioners, engineers or ironmongers.
    • Derek Haworth, former chairman of the licensed victuallers association, said: ‘We already have to pay both council and business tax?’


late Middle English: from Old French vitaill(i)er, from vitaille (see victual).

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