from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A lay officer in the Anglican Church chosen annually by the vicar or the congregation to handle the secular and legal affairs of the parish.
  • n. One of two elected chief lay officers of the vestry in the Episcopal Church.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A lay officer of the Church of England who handles the secular affairs of the parish.
  • n. A similar functionary of the Episcopal church.
  • n. A churchwarden pipe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the officers (usually two) in an Episcopal church, whose duties vary in different dioceses, but always include the provision of what is necessary for the communion service.
  • n. A clay tobacco pipe, with a long tube.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the Anglican Church, an officer whose business it is to look after the secular affairs of the church, and who in England is the legal representative of the parish.
  • n. A long clay pipe.
  • n. A shag or cormorant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an officer in the Episcopal church who helps a parish priest with secular matters


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