Beadle definition

bēdl
(obs.) A messenger of a law court.
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A parish constable, a uniformed minor (lay) official, who ushers and keeps order.
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(Scotland, ecclesiastic) An attendant to the minister.
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A warrant officer.
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A surname​.
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A minor parish official formerly employed in an English church to usher and keep order during services.
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(historical) A minor parish officer in the Church of England, who kept order in church.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
beadle
Plural:
beadles

Origin of beadle

  • Middle English bedel herald (from Old English bydel) and from Old French bedel (from Medieval Latin bedellus) (from Old High German butil bheudh- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary