cam·​er·​len·​go | \ ˌka-mər-ˈleŋ-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce camerlengo (audio) \
plural camerlengos

Definition of camerlengo

: a cardinal who heads the Apostolic Camera

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Recent Examples on the Web Silvio Orlando returns as Cardinal Angelo Voiello, the Holy See’s camerlengo and secretary of state. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland, "Jane Austen and Stephen King have write stuff for TV adaptations," 10 Jan. 2020 Francis later appointed Tauran as camerlengo, the symbolically important official who runs the Vatican during the period between the death or resignation of one pope and the election of another. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Cardinal Tauran, who announced pope's election, dies at 75," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of camerlengo

1614, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for camerlengo

Italian camarlingo

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“Camerlengo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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