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