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publican

Pronunciation: /ˈpʌblɪkən/

Translation of publican in Spanish:

noun/nombre

  • 1 (tax collector) [Bible] publicano (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • He is the same as He was when He received Mary Magdalene - called Matthew the publican - brought Zacchaeus down from the tree, and made them examples of what His grace could do.
    • Friend of publicans and sinners, you make the angels laugh and heaven rejoice.
    • Obviously, Paul is talking about sinners if they are not saved while Jesus is talking about those publicans and harlots that believed in him.
  • 2 (landlord of pub) (British English/inglés británico) dueño, (masculine, feminine) de un bar
    Example sentences
    • Food was not high on your average publican's agenda, nor was it high priority for his customers.
    • With the party season approaching, publicans, hoteliers and restaurateurs are anxious to win back custom from locals and tourists by softening the area's rowdy image.
    • Police officers, hoteliers, shopkeepers and publicans are also among those asked to brush up on their knowledge of Scotland's most famous poet.

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