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also vict·ual·ler  (vĭt′l-ər)
1. A supplier of victuals; a sutler.
2. Chiefly British An innkeeper.
3. Nautical A supply ship.
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(ˈvɪtələ; ˈvɪtlə)
1. a supplier of victuals, as to an army; sutler
2. Brit a licensed purveyor of spirits; innkeeper
3. (Nautical Terms) a supply ship, esp one carrying foodstuffs
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.victualler - an innkeeper (especially British)victualler - an innkeeper (especially British)  
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
innkeeper, boniface, host - the owner or manager of an inn
2.victualler - a supplier of victuals or supplies to an army
provider, supplier - someone whose business is to supply a particular service or commodity
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She considered herself to be of French descent, which might have been true; and after a good many years of married life with a licensed victualler of the more common sort, she provided for the years of widowhood by letting furnished apartments for gentlemen near Vauxhall Bridge Road in a square once of some splendour and still included in the district of Belgravia.
Now, the bad child having been strictly charged by his parent to remain at home in her absence, of course went out; and, being in the very last stage of mental decrepitude, went out with two objects; firstly, to establish a claim he conceived himself to have upon any licensed victualler living, to be supplied with threepennyworth of rum for nothing; and secondly, to bestow some maudlin remorse on Mr Eugene Wrayburn, and see what profit came of it.
Now, Mrs Varden, regarding the Maypole as a sort of human mantrap, or decoy for husbands; viewing its proprietor, and all who aided and abetted him, in the light of so many poachers among Christian men; and believing, moreover, that the publicans coupled with sinners in Holy Writ were veritable licensed victuallers; was far from being favourably disposed towards her visitor.
Chief Inspector Holbrook said this card bore the name of James Hargraves, licensed victualler, Swan Inn, Retford, but it was evident that the name of the owner had been erased and James Hargraves substituted.
A licensed victualler and butcher, he served regulars and travellers until 1857 when he passed away, handing over the reigns of the business to his son, also called John, who passed away in 1897.
The registration scheme was welcomed by Ray Hoare, chairman of the Midlands Licensed Victualler's Association.
Ray Hoare is vice chairman of the Licensed Victualler's Association in the Midlands and licensee of the Greyhound Pub in Sutton Stop, Hawkesbury, Coventry.
The occasion was the dinner of the Dumfries and District Licensed Victuallers Association at the Embassy Hotel.
Now Mr Marnell, who is secretary of the Licensed Victuallers Association and chairman of Chester Pubwatch, is going into business with Seamus O'Keefe and his wife to reopen the Riverside Cafe by the Queen's Park suspension bridge.
"The second floor had a banqueting suite where they used to hold the Licensed Victuallers' Association dinners.
SOME time ago, a kindly reader sent me a photocopy of part of a little guide to Cardiff which was placed before the delegates, the officers and committee of the Cardiff Licensed Victuallers' Association in 1898 and which contained the potted biographies of a number of the Cardiff licensed victuallers and beerhouse keepers of the town.
Martin Caffrey, of pub landlords' trade body the Federation Of Licensed Victuallers Associations, added: "Whenever a company is this dominant there's the potential for price manipulation."

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