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stipendiary Syllabification: sti·pen·di·ar·y
Pronunciation: /stīˈpendēˌerē/

Definition of stipendiary in English:


1Receiving a stipend; working for payment rather than on a voluntary, unpaid basis: stipendiary clergy
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  • 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 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.
1.1Of, relating to, or of the nature of a stipend: stipendiary obligations
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  • 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.
  • 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.

noun (plural stipendiaries)

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A person receiving a stipend.
Example sentences
  • Yet litigants appeared reluctant to do without their services and utilize those of ‘freebie’ stipendiaries provided by Parliamentary legislation in 1792.
  • Periodic purges of their ranks effected little improvement, so the state increasingly resorted to stipendiaries.
  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with stipendiary

antiquary • cassowary

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