One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A man in charge of a pannier or panniers; especially a hawker of fish, etc., who transports his goods to market in a pannier or panniers. Now rare (chiefly English regional (northern) in later use).
2A paid officer at the Inns of Court, who brought provisions from market and (in later times at least) had duties relating to the serving of meals. Compare "pannier". Now historical.
Late Middle English. From pannier + man.
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