- the cardinal appointed treasurer of the Holy See, who, upon the death of the pope, presides over the conclave that elects the new pope.
Origin of camerlengo
1615–25; < Italian camerlingo < Germanic; akin to Old High German chamarlinc chamberlain
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- RC Church a cardinal who acts as the pope's financial secretary and the papal treasurer
Word Origin for camerlengo
C17: from Italian camerlingo, of Germanic origin; compare chamberlain
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"papal chamberlain," from Italian camerlingo "chamberlain" (see chamberlain).
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