(In some British universities) an official with largely ceremonial duties.
- 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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