One of the many highly specific trades of the time. Pepperers dealt in pepper and spices; later they came to be known as 'grocers'. [< OldEngl. pipor < Lat. piper = pepper] -
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  • Pepperer — Pep per*er, n. A grocer; formerly so called because he sold pepper. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pepperer — noun see pepper II …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pepperer — pep·per·er …   English syllables

  • pepperer — ˈpep(ə)rə(r) noun ( s) Etymology: pepper (I) + er archaic : a dealer in pepper : grocer …   Useful english dictionary

  • pepper — pepperer, n. pepperish, adj. pepperishly, adv. /pep euhr/, n. 1. a pungent condiment obtained from various plants of the genus Piper, esp. from the dried berries, used whole or ground, of the tropical climbing shrub P. nigrum. 2. any plant of the …   Universalium

  • Peffer — This interesting surname, with variant forms Peppar, Peever and Peffer, derives from the Middle English peper , itself coming from the Olde English pre 7th Century pipor , ultimately from the Latin piper meaning pepper, and was originally given… …   Surnames reference

  • pepper — I. noun Etymology: Middle English peper, from Old English pipor, from Latin piper, from Greek peperi Date: before 12th century 1. a. either of two pungent products from the fruit of an Indian plant (Piper nigrum) that are used chiefly as… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • John Carpenter, town clerk of London — John Carpenter (1370? 1442?), was an important figure in the early history of the city of London. He left property in his will which eventually led to the founding of the City of London School. LifeIn the 1200s merchants with the surname… …   Wikipedia

  • Grocer — Trader or merchant in a variety of goods who dealt in wholesale goods. Only later did the term come to mean the shopkeeper who was a retail trader dealing in many items. [< AnNor. grosser < Lat. igrossarius = an engrocer < Lat. grossus …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Pepper — An imported commodity, pepper was an expensive item for any household. In the early 15c, black pepper cost 16d per pound, white pepper 24d per pound. It was brought to England by Genoese and Venetian merchants. [< OldEngl. pipor < Lat.… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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