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beadle

[beed-l] /ˈbid l/
noun
1.
a parish officer having various subordinate duties, as keeping order during services, waiting on the rector, etc.
2.
sexton (def 2).
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English bedel, dial. (SE) variant of bidel, Old English bydel apparitor, herald (cognate with German Büttel), equivalent to bud- (weak stem of bēodan to command) + -il noun suffix
Related forms
subbeadle, noun
underbeadle, noun

Beadle

[beed-l] /ˈbid l/
noun
1.
George Wells, 1903–1989, U.S. biologist and educator: Nobel Prize in Medicine 1958.
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British Dictionary definitions for beadle

beadle

/ˈbiːdəl/
noun
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.
(Judaism) a synagogue attendant See also shammes
4.
an official in certain British universities and other institutions
Derived Forms
beadleship, noun
Word Origin
Old English bydel; related to Old High German butil bailiff

Beadle

/ˈbiːdəl/
noun
1.
George Wells. 1903–89, US biologist, who shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine in 1958 for his work in genetics
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Word Origin and History for beadle
n.

Old English bydel "herald, messenger from an authority, preacher," from beodan "to proclaim" (see bid). Sense of "warrant officer, tipstaff" was in late Old English; that of "petty parish officer," which has given the job a bad reputation, is from 1590s. French bédeau (Old French bedel, 12c.) is a Germanic loan-word.

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beadle in Medicine

Beadle Bea·dle (bēd'l), George Wells. 1903-1989.

American biologist. He shared a 1958 Nobel Prize for discovering how genes transmit hereditary characteristics.

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