Definition of obedientiary in English:

obedientiary

noun

  • The holder of a position of responsibility in a monastery or convent under a superior.

    • ‘The typical obedientiary rendered his final account at Michaelmas (29 September) each year, and nearly 2,000 such accounts survive, but other documents were also produced throughout the year.’
    • ‘He is an obedientiary of the abbot, is appointed by him, and may be removed by him at any time.’
    • ‘In 1278 Palmerio Berardi, canon and obedientiary, is responsible for executing the bishop's and chapter's warning of excommunication.’

Origin

Mid 16th century (denoting a vassal): from medieval Latin oboedientiarius, from oboedientia (see obedience).

Pronunciation

obedientiary

/ə(ʊ)ˌbiːdɪˈɛnʃ(ə)ri/