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 While that should be straightforward, mistrust is running high, and Del Vecchio is a difficult paymaster. Washington Post, "The Ray-Ban Billionaire Doesn’t Like to Share," 29 Mar. 2019 For decades after the breakup of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan’s leaders have tried to juggle relationships with the West along with ties to their old paymasters in Moscow. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "A Spy Case Exposes China’s Power Play in Central Asia," 10 July 2019 One of the themes of those pieces was his discontent with a world in which artists were forced by their paymasters to churn out hits of diminishing quality, making records to appeal to algorithms rather than to satisfy their own artistic urges. M.h., The Economist, "“Late Night Feelings”, Mark Ronson’s new album, is a delight," 24 June 2019 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

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1537, in the meaning defined above

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“Paymaster.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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