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[kam-er-leng-goh] /ˌkæm ərˈlɛŋ goʊ/
noun, plural camerlengos. Roman Catholic Church.
the cardinal appointed treasurer of the Holy See, who, upon the death of the pope, presides over the conclave that elects the new pope.
Origin of camerlengo
1615-25; < Italian camerlingo < Germanic; akin to Old High German chamarlinc chamberlain Unabridged
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noun (pl) -gos
(RC Church) a cardinal who acts as the pope's financial secretary and the papal treasurer
Word Origin
C17: from Italian camerlingo, of Germanic origin; compare chamberlain
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Word Origin and History for camerlengo

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

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