noun, plural cam·er·len·gos. Roman Catholic Church.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for camerlengo


camerlingo (ˌkæməˈlɪŋɡəʊ)

noun plural -gos

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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Word Origin and History for camerlengo

"papal chamberlain," from Italian camerlingo "chamberlain" (see chamberlain).

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