Meaning of victualler in English:


Pronunciation /ˈvɪtələ/

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  • 1

    (also licensed victualler)
    British A person who is licensed to sell alcohol.

    ‘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?’’
    • ‘Concerted action among the licensed victuallers themselves affords the most reasonable prospect of breaking down the objectionable practice, and many of them at their meeting a week ago showed a willingness to consent.’
    • ‘The licensed victuallers recently held their annual banquet, whilst their ‘better halves’ and daughters were left out ‘again’.’
    • ‘The town's licensed victuallers said most districts had agreed to 10.30 ‘last orders’ especially in tourist areas and it would be a great boost for trippers.’
    • ‘For example, as Wright states, ‘in a peculiar use of gender-neutral language, the legislation consistently refers to ‘he’ or ‘she’ and ‘his’ and ‘her’ when speaking of the licensed victualler’.’
    • ‘As a third generation licensed victualler (now retired) I have been following the saga of the Wheatley Hotel with a mixture of amusement and incredulity.’
    • ‘Part of the building became a licensed premises in 1729 when William Smith, victualler, and his wife Mary, purchased a garden at the rear of their home and erected a brewhouse on the site.’
    • ‘And as every ‘victualer’ knows, you will certainly need a nifty name for your tacky tavern besides, ‘Stickey Wicket Pub’, ‘Waddling Dog’ or ‘Toad-in-the-Hole’ (which are already taken).’
    • ‘As early as 1 November 1858 Matthew and Robert Faulkner, who were licenced victuallers and cordial manufacturers in Adelaide, had to appear in the Court of Insolvency.’
  • 2 dated A person providing or selling food or other provisions.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Bakers, victuallers, taverners, hostelers, and sometimes attorneys were disqualified from election as mayor or bailiff in the fifteenth century.’
    • ‘He lives by his wits, playing tricks on a niggardly old victualler and other gullible occupants of the camp, and gets whipped for his pains.’
    • ‘Of the remaining half, only three were designated as labourers; the rest were artisans such as bakers, grocers, tailors, and victuallers.’
    • ‘I was delighted with the country victualler terrine that came with two slices of fresh toast and mixed salad leaves.’
    • ‘He also noted that if the ‘chief victualler and the chief cook got on well the quality was good’.’
    1. 2.1A ship providing supplies for troops or other ships.
      ‘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.’


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