from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A supplier of victuals; a sutler.
  • n. Chiefly British An innkeeper.
  • n. Nautical A supply ship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of victualler. (A supplier of victuals or provisions)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who furnishes victuals.
  • n. One who keeps a house of entertainment; a tavern keeper; an innkeeper.
  • n. A vessel employed to carry provisions, usually for military or naval use; a provision ship.
  • n. One who deals in grain; a corn factor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who furnishes victuals or provisions.
  • n. One who keeps a house of entertainment; a tavern-keeper.
  • n. A ship employed to carry provisions for other ships, or for supplying troops at a distance; a store-ship.
  • n. A corn-factor; one who deals in grain. Jamieson. [Scotch.]

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

  • n. a supplier of victuals or supplies to an army
  • n. an innkeeper (especially British)


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  • Old Etonian (OE), a sublime host, had undertaken to fulfill the role of victualer.

    Cricket and the Lord's Bounty

  • As surely as the wolf retires before cities does the fairy sequester herself from the haunts of the licensed victualer.

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  • His large amount of ready money -- a commodity especially scarce in those days -- soon enabled him to carry on very large commercial operations; and amongst other sources of wealth he probably derived considerable profit from his office of victualer of the navy.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 11, No. 25, April, 1873

  • "I am a licensed victualer, that's what I am, and I ain't flowery," he said, in an apologetic tone; "I hain't had the chance of it, being as I'd no schooling -- but, deng me, you've just hit it!"

    A Son of Hagar A Romance of Our Time

  • It ran: "Paul Drayton, five feet eleven inches, brown hair and eyes, aged thirty, licensed victualer, born in London, convicted of robbery at the scene of a railway accident."

    A Son of Hagar A Romance of Our Time

  • I fancied it would be so delightful and Dickensy to talk quietly with a licensed victualer by the name of Martha Huggins.

    A Cathedral Courtship

  • Certainly, there is a good bit of the camp slop that spills over into the waiting mouths of such campaign hangers-on, and it is often far too tempting to resist, even for the reluctant (but curious) victualer hopeful.


  • The board approved a common victualer license for Cravings Cafe & Latest Headlines

  • So when it came time for Papa to pick one of his sons to go to America as victualer to the Hessians hired to fight with the British in ’76, Heinrich was the natural choice.

    City of Glory

  • Contagious Diseases Acts (p. 393), "there was an order passed that every beerhouse-keeper and licensed victualer in the borough known to harbor these women would be dealt with, and probably lose his license.

    Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 6 Sex in Relation to Society


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