Definition of chamber-deacon in US English:

chamber-deacon

noun

  • In the Middle Ages: a poor scholar or clerk, originally one from Ireland, attending the University of Oxford but living irregularly in private lodgings rather than in any college or hall. Now historical.

Origin

Late Middle English. Apparently from chamber + deacon.

Pronunciation

chamber-deacon

/ˈtʃeɪmbəˌdiːk(ə)n/