churchwarden

noun
church·​war·​den | \ ˈchərch-ˌwȯr-dᵊn How to pronounce churchwarden (audio) \

Definition of churchwarden

1 : one of two lay parish officers in Anglican churches with responsibility especially for parish property and alms
2 : 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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First Known Use of churchwarden

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Churchwarden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/churchwarden. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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