beadle /ˈbiːd(ə)l/

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I. noun

1.
(Brit.) a ceremonial officer of a church, college, or similar institution.
2.
(Scottish) a church officer attending on the minister.
3.
‹historical› a minor parish officer dealing with petty offenders.
– origin Old English bydel ‘a person who makes a proclamation’, gradually superseded in Middle English by forms from Old French bedel, ultimately of Germanic origin; related to German Büttel, also to bid1. Compare with bedel.

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