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Dictionary of Ancient Occupations and Trades,
Ranks, Offices, and Titles

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oar
a rower (of a boat); usu. one of a group of same in a galley, trireme, or other such vessel propelled by many oars. (by synecdoche)
operative
a skilled worker, especially in industy; a worker with a special skill.
a secret agent; a private investigator
-or /ər/
suffix denoting a person or thing performing the action of a verb, or an agent more generally. (e.g. act~), (e.g. tail~). cf -er
Orangeman
a member of a secret society founded in Northern Ireland (1795) to maintain the political and religious ascendancy of Protestantism.
a Protestant Irishman
(=after William, Prince of Orange, later King William III of England, Scotland, Ireland) [AHD]
ordinand
eccl. a candidate for ordination (=the act of conferring holy orders, esp. on a priest or deacon)
~ ordinary
a person, (esp. of a judge), having immediate or ex officio jurisdiction
an ecclesiastical judge who may act as a bishop or his deputy
(the Ordinary) an archbishop in a province or a bishop in a diocese
(ordinary seaman) a sailor of the lowest rank, that below able-bodied seaman
ordinary
Law a judge or other official with immediate rather than delegated jurisdiction.
the judge of a probate court in some states of the United States.
ordinary keeper
chiefly a keeper of an inn with fixed prices
organist
one who plays the organ
ostler (=hostler)
a phonetic spelling of hostler, this form was formerly more common; e.g. appearing 6 times in Shakespeare's 1st Folio, vs once for hostler.
overlord
a supreme lord.
a powerful authoritarian; a highly influential person. (e.g. the ~s of fashion)
overseer of the poor
a person responsible for the relief of the poor in a township. They often assumed the role of local doctor. After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 the post was abolished and replaced by the Relieving Officer
own cousin (=cousin-german)

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