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beadle (ˈbiːdəl)
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 See also shammes a synagogue attendant
4.  an official in certain British universities and other institutions
[Old English bydel; related to Old High German butil bailiff]

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