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infirmarer

Syllabification: in·fir·mar·er
Pronunciation: /inˈfərmərər
 
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Definition of infirmarer in English:

noun

historical
A person in charge of the infirmary in a medieval monastery.
Example sentences
  • The body was washed and prepared for burial by the women of the family (or by the monastic infirmarer, in the case of a monk or nun), and either shrouded or placed in a coffin.
  • The infirmarer was allowed to speak to the inmates of the infirmary, but was to do so quietly and in designated areas.
  • The prior, or he who holds his power, if the sickness of the brother requires immediate assistance, shall tell the infirmarer.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French enfermerier, from enfermerie 'infirmary', based on Latin infirmus (see infirm).

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