from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Originally, a local officer appointed to assay ale and beer, and to take care that they were good and wholesome, and sold at a proper price.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun engraving Orig., an officer appointed to look to the goodness of ale and beer; also, one of the officers chosen by the liverymen of London to inspect the measures used in public houses. But the office is a sinecure. [Also called
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- noun historical, UK An
officerappointed yearlyat the leetof ancient English communities to ensure the goodness and wholesomeness of bread, ale, and beer.
- noun historical, UK One of the
officerschosen by the liverymenof London, Englandfor the sinecureof inspectingthe measuresused in public houses.
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