[pey-mas-ter, -mah-ster]
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Origin of paymaster

First recorded in 1540–50; pay1 + master
Related formspay·mas·ter·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of paymaster

  • We are no longer his soldiers, since we have ceased to follow him; and he, on his side, is no longer our paymaster.



  • He will be paymaster, and you will conform to his wishes strictly as regards expense.

    That Boy Of Norcott's

    Charles James Lever

  • Maecenas with the humanists was almost synonymous with paymaster.

  • The pensioners shared their attention between the Paymaster and the boy.

  • The Paymaster's rattan sounded on the stair, and "Here's John," said his sister.

British Dictionary definitions for paymaster


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