Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The office of a beadle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being, or the personality of, a beadle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The office of beadle.

Etymologies

From beadle +‎ -ship. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He was degraded in their eyes; he had lost caste and station before the very paupers; he had fallen from all the height and pomp of beadleship, to the lowest depth of the most snubbed hen – peckery.

    Oliver Twist

  • He was degraded in their eyes; he had lost caste and station before the very paupers; he had fallen from all the height and pomp of beadleship, to the lowest depth of the most snubbed hen-peckery.

    Oliver Twist

  • He was degraded in their eyes; he had lost caste and station before the very paupers; he had fallen from all the height and pomp of beadleship, to the lowest depth of the most snubbed henpeckery.

    Oliver Twist

  • It appeared that the delinquent had been in the habit of purchasing six penn'orth of muffins, weekly, from an old woman who rents a small house in the parish, and resides among the original settlers; on her last weekly visit, a message was conveyed to her through the medium of the cook, couched in mysterious terms, but indicating with sufficient clearness, that the vestry-clerk's appetite for muffins, in future, depended entirely on her vote on the beadleship.

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