Definitions

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  • n. A dealer in poultry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who deals in poultry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One whose business is the sale of poultry, and often also of hares, game, etc., for the table.
  • n. Formerly, in England, an officer of the king's household who had supervision of the poultry.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a dealer in poultry and poultry products

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French pouletier, from poulet ("fowl"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The weekly market there had stalls of every description—lace makers with their intricate wares, whip makers and other purveyors of fine leather, a poulterer, a farmer with fat piglets to sell.

    A Hellion in Her Bed

  • A lame one in his lofty tricks; he sleeps a-horseback, like a poulterer.

    The White Devil

  • Mrs. Lee is an energetic woman in her forties with a handsome face that animates when she talks about her passion: the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, which she bought ten years ago in a state near rubble, with 33 people squatting in its 38 rooms, including a poulterer with his roosters, a school teacher, a laundress, rickshaw drivers, waiters and others in a raggedy collection of freeloaders.

    The Macphersons: Week 41: Chinese Torture-Sort Of

  • Also foie de volaille = chicken liver le volailler la volaillère = dealer in poultry and poultry products, poulterer

    Words in a French Life

  • Go to doss with the poulterer, you understand, and shake up with the milch-mand.

    Finnegans Wake

  • And indeed it was by great accident that he himself had passed through that field, in order to lay wires for hares, with which he was to supply a poulterer at Bath the next morning.

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • Not only because the air is fine, and the puddles and the dabblings of extraordinary merit, and the wind fluffs up their pretty feathers while alive, as the eloquent poulterer by-and-by will do; but because they have really distinguished birth, and adventurous, chivalrous, and bright blue

    Mary Anerley

  • The ‘Prince’ is George Fitzroy, son of Charles II by the Duchess of Cleveland, who was created Duke of Northumberland and married Catherine, daughter of Robert Wheatley, a poulterer, of

    A Memoir of Mrs. Behn

  • The person implicated in the charge against Hoyle seems to have been a poulterer. cf.

    A Memoir of Mrs. Behn

  • If he was shooting birds and selling them to a poulterer you wouldn't think twice cause it's nature's way, killing and eating.

    Heartfire

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  • I ran over the account with a hasty glance; for it extended to fifteen or twenty pages. Mercy on us! The poulterers' shops must have been exhausted, while I was in too weak a state to take sustenance! There must have been at least twelve pistoles stewed down into broths.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 7 ch. 16

    October 2, 2008