Definition of barmaster
1 : a local official arbiter or judge among English miners
2 : an officer of the barmote who presides at meetings, collects dues, and acts as manager
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Origin and Etymology of barmaster
alteration of earlier bargh-master, probably partial modification, partial translation of German bergmeister, from berg- mining (from berg mountain, from Old High German) + meister master — more at barrow
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