EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun a parish officer having various subordinate duties, as keeping order during services, waiting on the rector, etc. Origin of beadle before 1000; Middle English bedel, dial. (SE) variant of bidel, Old English bydel apparitor, herald (cognate with German Büttel), equivalent to bud- (weak stem of bēodan to command) + -il noun suffix Related forms sub·bea·dle, noun un·der·bea·dle, noun noun George Wells, 1903–1989, U.S. biologist and educator: Nobel Prize in Medicine 1958.
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Examples from the Web for beadle Historical Examples of beadle British Dictionary definitions for beadle noun (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 attendant See also shammes an official in certain British universities and other institutions Derived Forms beadleship, noun Word Origin for beadle
bydel; related to Old High German butil bailiff noun George Wells . 1903–89, US biologist, who shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine in 1958 for his work in genetics
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Word Origin and History for beadle n.
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.
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Beadle [bēd ′l] George Wells 1903-1989 American biologist. He shared a 1958 Nobel Prize for discovering how genes transmit hereditary characteristics.
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