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.
- n. A dealer in poultry.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who deals in poultry.
- n. a dealer in poultry and poultry products
- Middle English, from Old French pouletier, from poulet ("fowl"). (Wiktionary)
“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 lame one in his lofty tricks; he sleeps a-horseback, like a poulterer.”
“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.”
“Also foie de volaille = chicken liver le volailler la volaillère = dealer in poultry and poultry products, poulterer”
“Go to doss with the poulterer, you understand, and shake up with the milch-mand.”
“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.”
“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”
“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”
“The person implicated in the charge against Hoyle seems to have been a poulterer. cf.”
“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.”
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These words are from Samuel Richardson's novel Clarissa, Or, The History of a Young Lady, 1747-48
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Reprint edition, Devon: Latimer Trend & Co., Ltd., 1969. Full original citation (you'd better grab a drink and sit down) is:
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