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A minor parish official formerly employed in an English church to usher and keep order during services.

[Middle English bedel, herald (from Old English bydel) and from Old French bedel (from Medieval Latin bedellus, from Old High German butil; see bheudh- in Indo-European roots).]


1. (Anglicanism) (formerly, in the Church of England) a minor parish official who acted as an usher and kept order
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (in Scotland) a church official attending on the minister
3. (Judaism) Judaism a synagogue attendant. See also shammes
4. (Education) an official in certain British universities and other institutions
[Old English bydel; related to Old High German butil bailiff]
ˈbeadleship n


(Biography) George Wells. 1903–89, US biologist, who shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine in 1958 for his work in genetics


(ˈbid l)

1. a parish officer who performs various duties, as keeping order during the service.
[before 1000; Middle English bedel, dial. (SE) variant of bidel, Old English bydel apparitor, herald]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.beadle - a minor parish official who serves a ceremonial function
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
functionary, official - a worker who holds or is invested with an office
2.Beadle - United States biologist who discovered how hereditary characteristics are transmitted by genes (1903-1989)


[ˈbiːdl] N
1. (Brit) (Univ) → bedel m
2. (Rel) → pertiguero m


n (old Eccl) → Kirchendiener m; (Univ) Angestellter, der bei Prozessionen den Amtsstab trägt
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In eerie silence on the campus, the Bedellus or mace-bearer, Joseph McIlroy, stood to attention as the funeral cortege passed.