cam·​er·​len·​go ˌka-mər-ˈleŋ-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce camerlengo (audio)
plural camerlengos
: a cardinal who heads the Apostolic Camera

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The camerlengo has no role or duties if the pope is merely sick or otherwise incapacitated. Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, 6 July 2021 Silvio Orlando returns as Cardinal Angelo Voiello, the Holy See’s camerlengo and secretary of state. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland, 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, 6 July 2018

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Word History


Italian camarlingo

First Known Use

1614, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of camerlengo was in 1614

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Cite this Entry

“Camerlengo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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