beadle

noun
bea·dle | \ˈbē-dᵊl \

Definition of beadle 

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

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Beadles picked up his 15-year-old son on the last day of school dressed like Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps – in an itty bitty Speedo. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity.com, "Dad makes a splash by wearing a Speedo to pick up his son on the last day of school," 25 May 2017

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First Known Use of beadle

1581, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for beadle

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

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