beadle


bea·dle

noun \ˈbē-dəl\

Definition of BEADLE

:  a minor parish official whose duties include ushering and preserving order at services and sometimes civil functions

Origin of BEADLE

Middle English bedel messenger, from Old English bydel; akin to Old High German butil bailiff, Old English bēodan to command — more at bid
First Known Use: 1581

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