Beadle Bea"dle, n. [OE. bedel, bidel, budel, OF. bedel, F. bedeau, fr. OHG. butil, putil, G. b["u]ttel, fr. OHG. biotan, G. bieten, to bid, confused with AS. bydel, the same word as OHG. butil. See. {Bid}, v.] 1. A messenger or crier of a court; a servitor; one who cites or bids persons to appear and answer; -- called also an {apparitor} or {summoner}. [1913 Webster]

2. An officer in a university, who precedes public processions of officers and students. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

Note: In this sense the archaic spellings bedel (Oxford) and bedell (Cambridge) are preserved. [1913 Webster]

3. An inferior parish officer in England having a variety of duties, as the preservation of order in church service, the chastisement of petty offenders, etc. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Summoner — Entwickler Volition, THQ Publisher …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Summoner — Sum mon*er, n. [OE. somner, sompnour, OF. semoneor, F. semonneur. See {Summon}, v. t.] One who summons; one who cites by authority; specifically, a petty officer formerly employed to summon persons to appear in court; an apparitor. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Summoner — Official attached to an ecclesiastical court, whose duty was to bring to court those summoned by the archdeacon for offences against *canon law. By the time Chaucer wrote The Friar s Tale, they were regarded as snoops and blackmailers. The Latin… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • summoner — noun see summon …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • summoner — See summon. * * * …   Universalium

  • summoner — noun one who summons or evokes …   Wiktionary

  • summoner — sb. Pol. S. 157 …   Oldest English Words

  • summoner — sum·mon·er || sÊŒmÉ™nÉ™(r) n. one who summons; formerly an officer of the court who delivers summonses …   English contemporary dictionary

  • summoner — sum·mon·er …   English syllables

  • summoner — nə(r) noun ( s) Etymology: Middle English somonour, from Middle French somoneur, semoneur, from somon , semon (stem of somondre, semondre to summon) + eur or : one that summons; specifically : one that serves a summons or delegates another to do… …   Useful english dictionary

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