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Definition of beadle:

  1. 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. 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.
  3. An officer in a university, who precedes public processions of officers and students.


George Beadle, George Wells Beadle.

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