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[pey-mas-ter, -mah-ster] /ˈpeɪˌmæs tər, -ˌmɑ stər/
a person authorized by a company, government, etc., to pay out wages or salaries, especially in the military.
Origin of paymaster
1540-50; pay1 + master
Related forms
paymastership, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for paymaster
  • The four remaining players compete for the final paymaster position in the scariest challenge yet.
  • The film business is a notoriously fickle paymaster.
  • However awkward it is to have squabbling interest groups, a single, biased paymaster is worse.
  • If your paymaster is at risk you will argue for an increase in its funding.
  • Treat amounts paid by a common paymaster for services performed for your organization as paid directly by your organization.
  • Adds a definition for common paymaster and provides that the common paymaster is not the employer.
  • Each paymaster was responsible for the detachments for various units.
British Dictionary definitions for paymaster


an official of a government, business, etc, responsible for the payment of wages and salaries
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