Beadle

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈbiːdəl/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(bēdl)


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Beadle /ˈbiːdəl/ n
  1. George Wells. 1903–89, US biologist, who shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine in 1958 for his work in genetics
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bea•dle  (bēdl),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. a parish officer having various subordinate duties, as keeping order during services, waiting on the rector, etc.
  2. Judaismsexton (def. 2).
  • Middle English bedel, dialect, dialectal (SE) variant of bidel, Old English bydel apparitor, herald (cognate with German Büttel), equivalent. to bud- (weak stem of bēodan to command) + -il noun, nominal suffix bef. 1000

Bea•dle  (bēdl),USA pronunciation n. 
  • BiographicalGeorge Wells, born 1903, U.S. biologist and educator: Nobel prize for medicine 1958.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    beadle /ˈbiːdəl/ n
    1. (formerly, in the Church of England) a minor parish official who acted as an usher and kept order
    2. (in Scotland) a church official attending on the minister
    3. a synagogue attendant
    4. an official in certain British universities and other institutions
    Etymology: Old English bydel; related to Old High German butil bailiff

    ˈbeadleship n
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