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as of 2013-12-08
- •one who presides over a religious community at an abbey (convent).
- •a medieval beggar who pretended to be insane
- •obs a purchaser of provisions, a purveyor;
a provider or purveyor of cates (=delicacies);
a cater or caterer.
(=Achatour came to be restricted to the official title of the officer of the Royal Household.)
- •eccl. an inferior church officer who attended the priest or deacon
and performed subordinate duties, such as lighting and bearing candles,
- •more broadly, any novice or attendant in any ceremony, secular as well
- •a supporter of a party, person, etc.
- •a devotee of an activity
- •Mil an officer who assists superior officers by communicating orders,
conducting correspondence, etc.
- •an assistant
- Adjutant General
- •a high-ranking Army or National Guard administrative officer.
- • (~ of) a person who supports or speaks in favor.
- •a person who pleads for another.
- •a professional pleader in a court of justice.
- •Brit eccl one who possessed the right of recommending a member
of the clergy for a vacant benefice, or of actually making such appointments.
In mediæval times, the advowson was frequently given to a Monastery
or a Nunnery, which then took the role of rector
and was empowered to appoint a vicar to serve the
- •a co-opted (appointed by invitation of extant members) municipal councilman,
next in dignity after the mayor.
- •a giver of charity to the needy
- •hist an official distributer of alms
- •Ind. a nurse, or wet nurse;
- •a caretaker of children
- •one sent by or to a sovereign or public body as an envoy;
- •a commissioner, or representative. See table at diplomat
- •a person who has retired into seclusion for religious reasons.
(=from the Greek: to retire or withdraw)
- cf hermit
- •one who leaves religious orders after making solemn profession. It is considered a serious crime in the eyes of the church, being not only a breach of faith with God but also with the founders and benefactors of their religious house.
- •a person who is learning a trade by being employed in it
for an agreed period, usu. at low wages.
- •a beginner, a novice.
- •one chosen or appointed to judge or decide a disputed issue;
- •one with the power to judge or ordain at will; e.g. an (e.g. arbiter) of fashion.
- •a specialist in the care of woody plants, esp. trees.
- •chief; highest; most important; e.g. (e.g. archenemy), (e.g. archbishop).
- •extreme or most characteristic of its kind; e.g. (e.g. archconservative)
- •eccl a church official, as in the Anglican Church,
who is in charge of temporal and other affairs in a diocese,
with powers delegated from the bishop.
- cf deacon
- •one that shoots with a bow and arrow.
- •IR High King
- •a member of the nobility or aristocracy
(=a member of a class holding hereditary titles)
- •the gentry, aristocracy
(=the most powerful members of a society)
abbr: arg., ar.
- •a bearer of armor for a knight; a squire.
- •a person entitled to heraldic arms.
sp: Brit: armourer
- •a manufacturer of weapons, esp. firearms
- •a maker or repairer of arms or armor.
- •an official in charge of a ship's or a regiment's arms.
- •an ambitious or ruthlessly self-seeking person
- •a person newly arrived in social status, wealth, etc.
cf: parvenu, nouveau riche.
- •one who commits the crime of arson
(=the crime of maliciously, voluntarily and willfully setting fire to another's property, or to one's own property for improper purpose, as to collect insurance)
- •an inventor
- •a craftsman, esp. a skilled or artistic worker
- •a worker at a place where potash or pearlash is made,
viz at an ash pit.
These places often also made lye from the potash.
- •civ a member of the Upper House of the General Court (Legislature).
- cf senator
Also: etheling, ćtheling
- •Obs. exc. Hist.
A member of a noble family, a prince, lord baron;
in O.E. poetry, often used in plural for 'men';
in later writers, often restricted as a historical term
to a prince of the royal blood,
or even the heir apparent to the throne.
- •one who attends or waits on another.
- •an officer in charge of obtaining provender for horses
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