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 (kăm′ər-lĕng′gō) also cam·er·lin·go (-lĭng′gō)
n. pl. cam·er·len·gos
The cardinal who manages the pope's secular affairs.

[Italian camerlengo; akin to Old French chamberlenc; see chamberlain.]
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(ˌkæməˈlɛŋɡəʊ) or


n, pl -gos
(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church a cardinal who acts as the pope's financial secretary and the papal treasurer
[C17: from Italian camerlingo, of Germanic origin; compare chamberlain]
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(ˌkæm ərˈlɛŋ goʊ)

n., pl. -gos.
the cardinal who acts as the treasurer of the Holy See and who directs the conclave that elects the pope.
[1615–25; < Italian < Germanic; akin to Old High German chamarlinc chamberlain]
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On the papal side, the camera apostolica, presided over by the cardinal chamberlain, had jurisdiction over large areas of city life.