Definition of stipendiary in US English:



  • 1Receiving a stipend; working for payment rather than on a voluntary, unpaid basis.

    ‘stipendiary clergy’
    • ‘He also introduced the concept of a stipendiary chairmanship, at one stroke freeing the council from its reliance on semi-retired highflyers from the business community.’
    • ‘The film of the July Handicap will be seen by stipendiary stewards today and an inquiry held into the fall of a jockey from Jamaican Music.’
    • ‘He currently is chairman of stipendiary stewards at the Western Australian Turf Club, a position he has held since 1989.’
    • ‘He, a ‘highly certified stipendiary schoolmaster’ has ‘acquired mechanically a great store of teacher's knowledge’.’
    • ‘He said: ‘Because of the financial problems that the Church experiences today, we have had to cut down on the number of stipendiary clergy we can have in the deanery.’’
    • ‘He was the first person, for example, to institute stipendiary stewards at race meetings, before the VRC or the VATC did.’
    • ‘More than 1,200 women are now in stipendiary posts, despite 1,000 parishes - about 10% of the total - passing a resolution stating that they will not accept a woman priest.’
    • ‘He will also speak tonight of his concerns about problems concerning pensions for retired clergymen, saying that there are now more clergy and their spouses being paid pensions than there are ordained stipendiary clergy.’
    • ‘The diocese has 25 parochial units, 90 congregations, 13 Rectors, 5 non stipendiary ministers, 11 lay readers 70 parish readers and between 7000 to 7500 Church of Ireland members.’
    • ‘Today women hold one-tenth of stipendiary posts and about half the non-stipendiaries.’
    • ‘Having worked, in my time, as a lay person, non stipendiary priest and part-time stipendiary priest, I look forward to seeing these ministries flourish and develop in innovative ways.’
    • ‘They included stipendiary ministers, who will take up full time posts at local churches and Ordained Local Ministers, who will work part time on a voluntary basis in their home churches.’
    • ‘I am a non-stipendiary clergyman; a chaplain working with people with disabilities.’
    • ‘His lawyers are likely to call a panel of stipendiary stewards from the HKJC as witnesses.’
    • ‘The ordinary magistrate, like all local government officers, served without pay; by contrast, the stipendiary - often a barrister by training - commanded a salary.’
    • ‘He had suspended him after he allegedly swore at a steward and physically assaulted a stipendiary steward.’
    • ‘Immediately after the race stipendiary stewards lodged an objection against Gatecrasher on behalf of Distinctly.’
    • ‘The stewards looked at a recording of the incident and interviewed both riders as well as a weighing-room security officer and a stipendiary steward, who were witnesses to the event.’
    • ‘A stipendiary steward at Haydock explaining the ban on Thursday said: ‘The penalty for careless riding ranges from a caution to nine days.’’
    • ‘The only evidence of criminal activity afoot was opinion evidence from a former stipendiary steward, who acknowledged he had no prior experience or direct knowledge of Hong Kong racing.’
    1. 1.1 Relating to or of the nature of a stipend.
      ‘stipendiary obligations’
      • ‘The secretary of the Southwark diocese explains that centralisation of stipendiary obligations has taken place in conjunction with devolution of more day-to-day duties.’
      • ‘Major tasks are defined as the fostering of diaconal vocations, including key issues such as selection, stipendiary or non-stipendiary, and identifying what we seek in a deacon.’


  • A person receiving a stipend.

    • ‘Yet litigants appeared reluctant to do without their services and utilize those of ‘freebie’ stipendiaries provided by Parliamentary legislation in 1792.’
    • ‘In what became Inner London, stipendiaries did all the work in their own court-houses, lay magistrates sitting in separate courthouses dealing only with trivial matters.’
    • ‘Periodic purges of their ranks effected little improvement, so the state increasingly resorted to stipendiaries.’


Late Middle English (as a noun): from Latin stipendiarius, from stipendium (see stipend).