Strongs Number: G5057
Orig: from 5056 and 5608; a tax-farmer, i.e. collector of public revenue:--publican. G5056
Use: TDNT-8:88,1166 Noun Masculine
1) a renter or farmer of taxes
1a) among the Romans, usually a man of equestrian rank
2) a tax gatherer, collector of taxes or tolls, one employed by a publican or farmer general in the collection of taxes. The tax collectors were as a class, detested not only by the Jews, but by other nations also, both on account of their employment and of the harshness, greed, and deception, with which they did their job.
For Synonyms see entry G5942