Meaning of ale draper in English:

ale draper

Pronunciation /ˈeɪl ˌdreɪpə/

noun

historical, dialect British, Northern English
  • The owner or landlord of a public house or tavern; a publican.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Henry Chettle (d. a1607), printer and playwright. From ale + draper, perhaps after e.g. linen-draper.