Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In mining, the title of an officer who acts as manager, agent, and surveyor, representing the interests of the proprietor or ‘lord,’ and at the same time looking after those of the miner. Also called bailiff, bergmaster, and burghmaster.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. engraving Formerly, a local judge among miners; now, an officer of the barmote.
- From earlier barghmaster, berghmaster, equivalent to bergh + master. Cognate with German Bergmeister. (Wiktionary)
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