churchwarden


churchwarden

churchwarden [church-wawr-dn] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. Anglican Church. a lay officer who looks after the secular affairs of the church, and who, in England, is the legal representative of the parish.
  2. Episcopal Church. a lay church officer who, with other members of the vestry, is in charge of the temporal management of the parish.
  3. a long-stemmed clay pipe for smoking.

Origin of churchwarden 1400–50; late Middle English chirche wardeyn Examples from the Web for churchwarden Historical Examples of churchwarden

  • To me (I know how absurd it is) he looked like a churchwarden.

    The Shadow-Line

    Joseph Conrad

  • No, all was safe, but her excuse had not deceived the churchwarden.

    The Nebuly Coat

    John Meade Falkner

  • The Churchwarden examined the map carefully, while the others all looked at him.

    The Old Tobacco Shop

    William Bowen

  • “Never knew my Odour of Sanctity to fail once,” said the Churchwarden, coolly.

    The Old Tobacco Shop

    William Bowen

  • Then the Churchwarden said, “It’s my opinion that this is pirates’ treasure.”

    The Old Tobacco Shop

    William Bowen

  • British Dictionary definitions for churchwarden churchwarden noun

    1. Church of England Episcopal Church one of two assistants of a parish priest who administer the secular affairs of the church
    2. a long-stemmed tobacco pipe made of clay

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