[ church-wawr-dn ]
/ ˈtʃɜrtʃˌwɔr dn /


Anglican Church. a lay officer who looks after the secular affairs of the church, and who, in England, is the legal representative of the parish.
Episcopal Church. a lay church officer who, with other members of the vestry, is in charge of the temporal management of the parish.
a long-stemmed clay pipe for smoking.

Nearby words

  1. churchlike,
  2. churchly,
  3. churchman,
  4. churchmanly,
  5. churchward,
  6. churchwoman,
  7. churchy,
  8. churchyard,
  9. churchyard beetle,
  10. churidars

Origin of churchwarden

1400–50; late Middle English chirche wardeyn Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for churchwarden


/ (ˌtʃɜːtʃˈwɔːdən) /


Church of England Episcopal Church one of two assistants of a parish priest who administer the secular affairs of the church
a long-stemmed tobacco pipe made of clay
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