churchwarden

[ church-wawr-dn ]
/ ˈtʃɜrtʃˌwɔr dn /

noun

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.

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Origin of churchwarden

1400–50; late Middle English chirche wardeyn
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churchwarden
/ (ˌtʃɜːtʃˈwɔːdən) /

noun

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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