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churchwarden

[church-wawr-dn] /ˈtʃɜrtʃˌwɔr dn/
noun
1.
Anglican Church. a lay officer who looks after the secular affairs of the church, and who, in England, is the legal representative of the parish.
2.
Episcopal Church. a lay church officer who, with other members of the vestry, is in charge of the temporal management of the parish.
3.
a long-stemmed clay pipe for smoking.
Origin of churchwarden
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English chirche wardeyn
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British Dictionary definitions for churchwarden

churchwarden

/ˌtʃɜːtʃˈwɔːdən/
noun
1.
(Church of England, Episcopal Church) one of two assistants of a parish priest who administer the secular affairs of the church
2.
a long-stemmed tobacco pipe made of clay
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