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A victualler is traditionally a person who supplies food, beverages and other provisions for the crew of a vessel at sea.[1]

There are a number of other more particular uses of the term, such as:

  • The official supplier of food to the Royal Navy in the 18th and 19th century was the Victualling Board. A victualler was a supply ship at the time.
  • An alternative term for a sutler, a person who sells provisions to an army.
  • A licensed victualler, a formal name for the landlord of a public house or similar licensed establishment.
  • In Ireland, victualler is a term for a butcher.


  1. ^ "victualler". Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2016.

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