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Line breaks: tide|wait¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈtʌɪdweɪtə

Definition of tidewaiter in English:


A customs officer who boarded ships on their arrival to enforce the customs regulations.
Example sentences
  • In less than twenty minutes he was on his way up town, and with him were four tidewaiters and Sergeant Sparrow.
  • Pickering studied the local dialect and the written language while working as a tidewaiter.
  • Archibald signed his warrant as a tidewaiter on 3 September 1794, his salary was 5 pounds a quarter paid at the end of the period to ensure his faithfulness to his employer.

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