Definition of bedel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbiːd(ə)l/
(also bedell)


(In some British universities) an official with largely ceremonial duties.
Example sentences
  • The Esquire Bedels were superior to others in standing and provided the inferior bedels with food and shoes.
  • At Oxford there are four bedels, representing the faculties of law, medicine, arts and divinity.
  • The university marshal arrived with the six ‘bedels,’ who are proctors carrying long silver rods to intimidate unruly undergraduates into better behavior.


Late Middle English: archaic spelling of beadle.

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