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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
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  • Bodley evidently was, if not the instigator, at any rate the paymaster for this second journey.

    The Mystery of Francis Bacon William T. Smedley
  • He has only to go to the paymaster and draw pretty much all he pleases.

    The U-boat hunters James B. Connolly
  • Then, there is the Commissary of the Crociati,—he is quite ready to become his own paymaster.

    The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Charles James Lever
  • 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
  • McDougall, our paymaster, has just married, and he only gives thirty shillings.

    The Doings Of Raffles Haw Arthur Conan Doyle
  • He will be paymaster, and you will conform to his wishes strictly as regards expense.

    That Boy Of Norcott's Charles James Lever
  • The paymaster had foreseen them, and before drawing a dollar from the banks he went to General Jackson for his advice.

  • "I'll train him—I'll train him to hate your very name," said the paymaster with an oath.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • Old Hayes, the paymaster, is always tipsy; Jones is five-and-forty—but egad!

    The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
British Dictionary definitions for paymaster


an official of a government, business, etc, responsible for the payment of wages and salaries
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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