One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who captures towns; a besieger of towns. Chiefly as a personal epithet, especially of Demetrius I (336–283 b.c.), king of Macedon.
Mid 17th century. From town + taker, originally (with reference to Demetrius I) after French preneur de villes, lit. ‘taker of towns’ and its model Hellenistic Greek πολιορκητής besieger.
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