Definition of ale draper in English:

ale draper

noun

Yorkshire, English Regional
historical
  • The owner or landlord of a public house or tavern; a publican.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Henry Chettle (d. a1607), printer and playwright. From ale + draper, perhaps after e.g. linen-draper.

Pronunciation

ale draper

/ˈeɪl ˌdreɪpə/