Definition of tidewaiter in English:

tidewaiter

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

historical
  • A customs officer who boarded ships on their arrival to enforce the customs regulations.
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    • 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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