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camerlengo

[kam-er-leng-goh]
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noun, plural cam·er·len·gos. Roman Catholic Church.
  1. the cardinal appointed treasurer of the Holy See, who, upon the death of the pope, presides over the conclave that elects the new pope.
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Origin of camerlengo

1615–25; < Italian camerlingo < Germanic; akin to Old High German chamarlinc chamberlain
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British Dictionary definitions for camerlengo

camerlengo

camerlingo (ˌkæməˈlɪŋɡəʊ)

noun plural -gos
  1. RC Church a cardinal who acts as the pope's financial secretary and the papal treasurer
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Word Origin

C17: from Italian camerlingo, of Germanic origin; compare chamberlain
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Word Origin and History for camerlengo

n.

"papal chamberlain," from Italian camerlingo "chamberlain" (see chamberlain).

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