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1In northern English: = "churchwarden". Compare churchmaster. Now historical.
2Scottish. In certain Scottish cities: an elected officer of an incorporated craft or trade having responsibility for the upkeep of a chapel or altar belonging to that association. Compare "deacon". historical and rare after 16th cent.
3Scottish. An officer appointed by a kirk session to administer the secular (especially financial) affairs of a Presbyterian church.
Late Middle English. From kirk + master. Compare churchmaster.
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