beadle [ beed-l ] SHOW IPA / ˈbid l / PHONETIC RESPELLING EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun a parish officer having various subordinate duties, as keeping order during services, waiting on the rector, etc. Nearby words beadeye, beadflush, beadhouse, beading, beading of ribs, beadle, george wells, beadledom, beadroll, beadsman, beadswoman 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 Beadle [ beed-l ] SHOW IPA / ˈbid l / PHONETIC RESPELLING 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
At the head walked the
beadle, slashing about at the little boys.
Prices jumped about on every side, and so did little boys, whom the
beadle chased, declaring he would have them there at no price.
"Here's my subscription toward the funeral," said the
beadle, giving me back his shilling fee.
“Hold your tongue, woman,” cried Mr Purkis, majestically—the
beadle asserting itself over the husband. 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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Medicine definitions for beadle American biologist. He shared a 1958 Nobel Prize for discovering how genes transmit hereditary characteristics.
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