- a parish officer having various subordinate duties, as keeping order during services, waiting on the rector, etc.
- sexton(def 2).
Origin of beadle
- George Wells,1903–1989, U.S. biologist and educator: Nobel Prize in Medicine 1958.
Examples from the Web for beadle
Historical Examples of beadle
They were mostly Beadle's Dime Novels, which had a great sale at the time.In the Midst of Alarms
As to Beadle, that I needn't say was wholly out of the question.Little Dorrit
I roused my energies, and the next time the wily Beadle summoned me, I went.The Uncommercial Traveller
I'll do it if the beadle follows in his cocked hat; not else.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
The Beadle took first prize at the cat show held in Chicago in 1896.Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
- (formerly, in the Church of England) a minor parish official who acted as an usher and kept order
- (in Scotland) a church official attending on the minister
- Judaism a synagogue attendantSee also shammes
- an official in certain British universities and other institutions
Word Origin for beadle
- George Wells . 1903–89, US biologist, who shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine in 1958 for his work in genetics
Old English bydel "herald, messenger from an authority, preacher," from beodan "to proclaim" (see bid). Sense of "warrant officer, tipstaff" was in late Old English; that of "petty parish officer," which has given the job a bad reputation, is from 1590s. French bédeau (Old French bedel, 12c.) is a Germanic loan-word.
- American biologist. He shared a 1958 Nobel Prize for discovering how genes transmit hereditary characteristics.