- Historical a minor parish officer in the Church of England, who kept order in church
- Obs. a messenger of a law court
Origin of beadleMiddle English bidel ( from Old English bydel, akin to beodan, to bid, order), bedel from Old French bedel from Frankish an unverified form bidal, akin to Old English form
Origin of beadleMiddle 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.)
From Middle English bedel, bidel, from Old English bydel (“warrant officer, apparitor”), from Proto-Germanic *budilaz (“herald”), from Proto-Germanic *beudaną (“to present, offer”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewdʰ- (“to comprehend, make aware”). Akin to Old High German butil (“beadle”), (whence German Büttel), Old English bēodan (“to announce”). More at bid.
- A surname.