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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  • Apparitor — (also spelled apparator or shortened to paritor), (Latin for a servant of a public official , from apparere , to attend in public ) was an attendant who executed the orders of a Roman magistrate. The term has hence referred to a beadle in a… …   Wikipedia

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  • apparitor — [ə per′ə tər, əpar′ə tər; ə per′ətôr΄, ə par′ətôr΄] n. [L < apparere, APPEAR] an officer formerly sent out to carry out the orders of a civil or ecclesiastical court …   English World dictionary

  • apparitor — /euh par i teuhr/, n. (in ancient Rome) a subordinate official of a magistrate or of the court. [1250 1300; ME apparitour < L apparitor, equiv. to appari (var. s. of apparere to serve, attend, lit., to be seen; see APPEAR) + tor TOR] * * * …   Universalium

  • Apparitor — [apparator]. The servant or officer of a court, ecclesiastical or civil, with the duty of summoning attendance; later an usher or *herald. The Latin word was taken and used in English without change. [< Lat. apparitor = a civil, public,… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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  • apparitor — ap•par•i•tor [[t]əˈpær ɪ tər[/t]] n. anq (in ancient Rome) a subordinate official of a magistrate or court • Etymology: 1250–1300; ME < L appāritor …   From formal English to slang

  • apparitor — noun Etymology: Latin, from apparēre Date: 15th century an official formerly sent to carry out the orders of a magistrate, judge, or court …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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