church·​war·​den ˈchərch-ˌwȯr-dᵊn How to pronounce churchwarden (audio)
: one of two lay parish officers in Anglican churches with responsibility especially for parish property and alms
: a long-stemmed clay pipe

Examples of churchwarden in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, a number of the pieces depict the heritage of the area, such as a spectacular creation of T.S. Eliot, who served as a churchwarden at St Stephen’s Church on Gloucester Road. Angelina Villa-Clarke, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of churchwarden was in the 15th century

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“Churchwarden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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