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bea·dle

 (bēd′l)
n.
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).]

beadle

(ˈbiːdəl)
n
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

Beadle

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

bea•dle

(ˈbid l)

n.
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)
Translations
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beadle

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

beadle

n (old Eccl) → Kirchendiener m; (Univ) Angestellter, der bei Prozessionen den Amtsstab trägt
References in classic literature ?
Besides, the board made periodical pilgrimages to the farm, and always sent the beadle the day before, to say they were going.
Bumble, the beadle, striving to undo the wicket of the garden-gate.
Snagsby, coughing his apologetic cough behind his hand, "I really don't know what advice I could offer, except sending for the beadle.
Snagsby's suggestion is the practical suggestion after all, and the beadle must be called in.
Whenever I see a beadle in full fig, coming down a street on a Sunday at the head of a charity school, I am obliged to turn and run away, or I should hit him.
Then D'Artagnan rushed out of his hiding place and arrived in time to see Bazin turn down the Rue de la Juiverie and enter, in the Rue de la Calandre, a respectable looking house; and this D'Artagnan felt no doubt was the habitation of the worthy beadle.
Preceded by the beadle, and attended by an irregular procession of stern-browed men and unkindly visaged women, Hester Prynne set forth towards the place appointed for her punishment.
All the school- children, the singers and the firemen walked on the sidewalks, while in the middle of the street came first the custodian of the church with his halberd, then the beadle with a large cross, the teacher in charge of the boys and a sister escorting the little girls; three of the smallest ones, with curly heads, threw rose leaves into the air; the deacon with outstretched arms conducted the music; and two incense-bearers turned with each step they took toward the Holy Sacrament, which was carried by M.
When the ceremony of plighting troth was over, the beadle spread before the lectern in the middle of the church a piece of pink silken stuff, the choir sang a complicated and elaborate psalm, in which the bass and tenor sang responses to one another, and the priest turning round pointed the bridal pair to the pink silk rug.
A pestilent conceit, which so often will insist upon obtruding even when beholding the mightiest royal beadle on his throne.
I say I will know how to behave, for once in my life I was beadle of a brotherhood, and the beadle's gown sat so well on me that all said I looked as if I was to be steward of the same brotherhood.
put in little Jehan, as counterpoint; "down with Master Andry, the beadles and the scribes; the theologians, the doctors and the decretists; the procurators, the electors and the rector