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[church-wawr-dn] /ˈtʃɜrtʃˌwɔr dn/
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.
Episcopal Church. a lay church officer who, with other members of the vestry, is in charge of the temporal management of the parish.
a long-stemmed clay pipe for smoking.
Origin of churchwarden
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English chirche wardeyn Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Freddie did not believe it for a moment; obviously the churchwarden was bragging.

    The Old Tobacco Shop William Bowen
  • The churchwarden's chair came down on the pavement with a thump.

    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
  • There were the churchwarden pipes; he selected one and took it out.

    The Old Tobacco Shop William Bowen
  • I thought you must be an Episcopalian because you swear exactly like Mr. Seward, and he's a churchwarden!

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

    The Old Tobacco Shop William Bowen
  • One churchwarden with each party, and the overseers divided, and the constables, and so on.

    Perlycross R. D. Blackmore
  • The churchwarden pulled out his bottle, and commenced to uncork it.

    The Old Tobacco Shop William Bowen
  • Weybridge's church is modern, but the registers and churchwarden's accounts are old and amusing.

  • I am also a churchwarden and the Archdeacon is well aware of what that means.

    Lalage's Lovers George A. Birmingham
British Dictionary definitions for churchwarden


(Church of England, Episcopal Church) one of two assistants of a parish priest who administer the secular affairs of the church
a long-stemmed tobacco pipe made of clay
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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