from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The officer in charge of money matters on board a ship or commercial aircraft.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The person responsible for handling the accounts on a ship, or for dealing with the passengers on a ship or aircraft.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A commissioned officer in the navy who had charge of the provisions, clothing, and public moneys on shipboard; -- now called paymaster.
- n. A clerk on steam passenger vessels whose duty it is to keep the accounts of the vessels, such as the receipt of freight, tickets, etc.
- n. Colloquially, any paymaster or cashier.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An official charged with the keeping of accounts and the disbursing of money; specifically, an officer who keeps the accounts of a ship, and has charge of the provisions, pay, etc.: now called in the navy paymaster.
- n. In mining, the paymaster or cashier of a mine, and the official to whom notices of transfer are sent for registration in the cost-book.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an officer aboard a ship who keeps accounts and attends to the passengers' welfare
Middle English, from purse, purse; see purse.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)