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churchwarden

[church-wawr-dn] /ˈtʃɜrtʃˌwɔr dn/
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
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English chirche wardeyn
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  • 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
  • All the others sat around the churchwarden, as close as they could huddle.

    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
  • The churchwarden calmly put the stopper in his bottle and restored it to his pocket.

    The Old Tobacco Shop William Bowen
  • The churchwarden put his hand to his back pocket, to be ready with his bottle.

    The Old Tobacco Shop William Bowen
  • The churchwarden started, and put his hand to his back pocket.

    The Old Tobacco Shop William Bowen
  • The churchwarden pulled out his bottle, and commenced to uncork it.

    The Old Tobacco Shop William Bowen
British Dictionary definitions for churchwarden

churchwarden

/ˌtʃɜːtʃˈwɔːdən/
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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