An officer appointed annually on leet of old English communities to ensure the goodness and wholesomeness of loaves of bread, ale, and beer.
among the officers opted for because of the liverymen of London, England the sinecure of inspecting the measures found in community homes.
Orig., an officer appointed to check to the goodness of ale and beer; also, among officers selected by the liverymen of London to examine the measures utilized in public homes. However the workplace is a sinecure. [Also called aletaster.]
initially, a local officer appointed to assay ale and beer, and be mindful which they had been good and healthy, and sold at a suitable cost.