obedientiary

noun obe·di·en·tia·ry \-ch(ə)rē, -ri\

Definition of obedientiary

plural

-es

  1. 1 obsolete :  one owing or yielding obedience :  subject

  2. 2 :  one of the minor officials in a medieval monastery appointed by the abbot

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Origin and Etymology of obedientiary

Medieval Latin obedientiarius, from obedientia obedience + -arius -ary — more at obedience


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