Definition of kirkmaster in US English:



  • 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.