What does beadle mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term beadle:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. beadle(noun)

    a minor parish official who serves a ceremonial function

  2. Beadle, George Beadle, George Wells Beadle(noun)

    United States biologist who discovered how hereditary characteristics are transmitted by genes (1903-1989)


  1. beadle(Noun)

    a parish constable, a uniformed minor (lay) official, who ushers and keeps order

  2. beadle(Noun)

    an attendant to the minister

  3. beadle(Noun)

    a warrant officer

  4. Origin: From bedel, from bydel, from budilaz, from beudanan, from bʰewdʰ-. Akin to butil, (whence Büttel), beodan. More at bid.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beadle

    a messenger or crier of a court; a servitor; one who cites or bids persons to appear and answer; -- called also an apparitor or summoner

  2. Beadle

    an officer in a university, who precedes public processions of officers and students

  3. Beadle

    an inferior parish officer in England having a variety of duties, as the preservation of order in church service, the chastisement of petty offenders, etc


  1. Beadle

    Beadle, sometimes spelled "bedel," is a lay official of a church or synagogue who may usher, keep order, make reports, and assist in religious functions; or a minor official who carries out various civil, educational, or ceremonial duties. The term has Franco-English pre-renaissance origins, derived from the Vulgar Latin "bidellus" or "bedellus", rooted in words for "herald". It moved into Old English as a title given to an Anglo-Saxon officer who summoned householders to council.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Beadle

    bēd′l, n. a mace-bearer (esp. of the 'bedels' or 'bedells,' official attendants of the Oxford and Cambridge vice-chancellors): a petty officer of a church, college, parish, &c.: a parish officer with the power of punishing petty offenders: in Scotland, used of the 'church-officer' attending on the clergyman: (obs.) a messenger or crier of a court.—ns. Bead′ledom, Bead′lehood, stupid officiousness; Bead&primprime;leship, Bed′elship, the office of beadle or bedel. [A.S. bydelbéodan, to proclaim, to bid.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of beadle in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of beadle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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