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.
Recent Examples on the Web As the state’s paymaster, Yee is tasked with carrying out the final details of spending taxpayer dollars. Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 Rodriguez was made paymaster of the Mexican Army by Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna during the Texas Revolution. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Oct. 2021 DeLong had been in the job for one month when, on February 19, two Confederate rebels, the Sumter’s paymaster, Henry Myers, and Thomas Tunstall, the former U.S. Consul to Cadiz, Spain, arrived in Morocco on a French ship en route to Cadiz. Graham Cornwell, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Jan. 2020 Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden Oliver Dowden, 41, already attended Cabinet in his role as paymaster general, but now becomes a full member as Culture Secretary. Alex Morales,, 29 Apr. 2020 During the Civil War, Meeker served as a paymaster on a US Navy gunboat in Louisiana and sketched the swamps in his spare time. Zachary Fine, The New York Review of Books, 8 Feb. 2020 In Iraq, Shiite protesters, angry with Shiite leaders and their Tehran paymasters, have repeatedly torched the Iranian consulates in Karbala and Najaf—cities hosting Shiite holy sites. Benny Avni, WSJ, 27 Jan. 2020 His paymasters tend to be defence lawyers, the federal public defender, or European donors eager to expose America’s misuse of its death penalty. The Economist, 18 Dec. 2019 Which turns the Silicon Valley experience on its head, with the Defense Department switching from paymaster to apprentice. Greg Jefferson,, 13 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of paymaster

1537, in the meaning defined above

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7 May 2022

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“Paymaster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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