camerlengo

camerlengo

[kam-er-leng-goh]
noun, plural camerlengos. Roman Catholic Church.
the cardinal appointed treasurer of the Holy See, who, upon the death of the pope, presides over the conclave that elects the new pope.

Origin:
1615–25; < Italian camerlingo < Germanic; akin to Old High German chamarlinc chamberlain

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camerlengo or camerlingo (ˌkæməˈlɛŋɡəʊ, ˌkæməˈlɪŋɡəʊ)
 
n , pl -gos
RC Church a cardinal who acts as the pope's financial secretary and the papal treasurer
 
[C17: from Italian camerlingo, of Germanic origin; compare chamberlain]
 
camerlingo or camerlingo
 
n
 
[C17: from Italian camerlingo, of Germanic origin; compare chamberlain]

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camerlengo
"papal chamberlain," from It. camerlingo "chamberlain" (see chamberlain).
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