pay·​mas·​ter | \ ˈpā-ˌma-stər How to pronounce paymaster (audio) \

Definition of paymaster

: an officer or agent whose duty it is to pay salaries or wages

Examples of paymaster in a Sentence

She worked as the company's paymaster for 22 years.

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The outcome of the vote is largely pre-ordained because of Fatah’s dominance and because the Palestinian Authority is now the PLO’s main paymaster. Washington Post, "Palestinians vote on aging leadership as Abbas tightens grip," 29 Apr. 2018 There are armies of corporate lobbyists in D.C., working full-time to find and exploit opportunities to roll back rules that inconvenience their paymasters. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Senate Votes to Make American Auto-Lending Racist Again," 18 Apr. 2018 The fireplace is all that remains of the paymaster's tollbooth of the old Bluestone Quarry of the early 20th century. Jeff Piorkowski/special To,, "South Euclid mourns the death of Pam O'Toole, a woman who 'cared a whole awful lot'," 30 Jan. 2018 But beneath the calm is a town under tightfisted control, enforced by militias accountable only to their paymasters. Max Fisher, Amanda Taub And Dalia MartÍnez, New York Times, "Losing Faith in the State, Some Mexican Towns Quietly Break Away," 7 Jan. 2018 Calls for reparations from the war, during which about 6 million Poles -- half of them Jews -- were killed, are souring ties between the EU’s largest eastern member and Germany, the bloc’s paymaster. Wojciech Moskwa,, "Poland Sees Legal Grounds to Demand War Damages From Germany," 11 Sep. 2017 Yes, his alleged money-laundering schemes do not by themselves answer the question of whether Manafort was helping to manipulate an American presidential election on behalf of his Russian paymasters. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Should Probably Not Be Glad His Campaign Manager Was Arrested for Federal Crimes," 31 Oct. 2017 While current financing from the EU budget is locked in until 2020, Poland’s dispute with the bloc’s main paymaster could have consequences when members begin to negotiate a new seven-year spending cycle. Wojciech Moskwa,, "Poland Sees Legal Grounds to Demand War Damages From Germany," 11 Sep. 2017 Unlike other institutions designed to promote free inquiry, such as universities or some publications, think-tanks do not enjoy large endowments, researcher tenure or subscription revenue to insulate thinkers from paymasters. The Economist, "The New America Foundation falls into a familiar trap," 7 Sep. 2017

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1537, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of paymaster

: a person whose job is paying salaries or wages
usually disapproving : a person, country, etc., that pays people and controls their actions

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