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paymaster

[ pey-mas-ter, -mah-ster ]
/ ˈpeɪˌmæs tər, -ˌmɑ stər /
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noun

a person authorized by a company, government, etc., to pay out wages or salaries, especially in the military.

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Origin of paymaster

First recorded in 1540–50; pay1 + master

OTHER WORDS FROM paymaster

pay·mas·ter·ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for paymaster

paymaster
/ (ˈpeɪˌmɑːstə) /

noun

an official of a government, business, etc, responsible for the payment of wages and salaries
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