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[pey-mas-ter, -mah-ster] /ˈpeɪˌmæs tər, -ˌmɑ stər/
a person authorized by a company, government, etc., to pay out wages or salaries, especially in the military.
Origin of paymaster
First recorded in 1540-50; pay1 + master
Related forms
paymastership, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We are no longer his soldiers, since we have ceased to follow him; and he, on his side, is no longer our paymaster.

    Anabasis Xenophon
  • He will be paymaster, and you will conform to his wishes strictly as regards expense.

    That Boy Of Norcott's Charles James Lever
  • Maecenas with the humanists was almost synonymous with paymaster.

  • "A droll fellow that of the paymaster's," they said of him in the town.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • The paymaster's rattan sounded on the stair, and "Here's John," said his sister.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • The paymaster stared at this encounter, in some ways so much beyond his comprehension.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • The pensioners shared their attention between the paymaster and the boy.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • The paymaster took his rattan and knocked noisily on the table for the landlord.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • The paymaster drew up as if he had been shot, and swore warmly to himself.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
British Dictionary definitions for paymaster


an official of a government, business, etc, responsible for the payment of wages and salaries
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