• WordNet 3.6
    • n beadle a minor parish official who serves a ceremonial function
    • n Beadle United States biologist who discovered how hereditary characteristics are transmitted by genes (1903-1989)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Beadle A messenger or crier of a court; a servitor; one who cites or bids persons to appear and answer; -- called also an apparitor or summoner.
    • Beadle An inferior parish officer in England having a variety of duties, as the preservation of order in church service, the chastisement of petty offenders, etc.
    • Beadle An officer in a university, who precedes public processions of officers and students.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n beadle One who makes proclamation; a herald.
    • n beadle A crier or messenger of a court; a servitor; one who cites persons to appear and answer.
    • n beadle In universities, a subaltern official or servant, properly and usually termed a bedel (which see).
    • n beadle In England, a parish officer having various subordinate duties, such as keeping order in church, punishing petty offenders, waiting on the clergyman, attending meetings of vestry or session, etc.
    • n beadle The apparitor of a trades guild or company. Also spelled bedell and bedel, in senses 2 and 3.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Beadle bēd′l a mace-bearer (esp. of the 'bedels' or 'bedells,' official attendants of the Oxford and Cambridge vice-chancellors): a petty officer of a church, college, parish, &c.: a parish officer with the power of punishing petty offenders: in Scotland, used of the 'church-officer' attending on the clergyman:
    • n Beadle bēd′l (obs.) a messenger or crier of a court
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bedel, bidel, budel, OF. bedel, F. bedeau, fr. OHG. butil, putil, G. büttel, fr. OHG. biotan, G. bieten, to bid, confused with AS. bydel, the same word as OHG. butil,. See. Bid (v.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bydelbéodan, to proclaim, to bid.


In literature:

In this piece of cloth is carried a box containing a stuff to chew called beadle nut.
"A Soldier in the Philippines" by Needom N. Freeman
There were twenty-one of us just, on that gang, in on contract for Dove and Beadle.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 121, November, 1867" by Various
He was a terrible individual this Beadle!
"Messengers of Evil" by Pierre Souvestre
An imposing personage was the beadle.
"Bygone Punishments" by William Andrews
To have witnesses to all this, the cure often sent for the beadle and other personages of the village to bear testimony to it.
"The Phantom World" by Augustin Calmet
I gave his dances to Grant Beadle till the last; then Ort begged so hard I said all right.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
Renkes, Flora Beadle, 338.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
The Red Beadle shook his head.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
Beadle, Robert Cameron, secy.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
Enter old Canon preceded by a beadle.
"My Autobiography" by F. Max Müller
That afternoon all the crowded court-room saw the beadle make way for two persons of importance.
"The Magnificent Adventure" by Emerson Hough
Where was the Beadle?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, April 5, 1890" by Various
Beadle, look at my back and see if it has gone!
"Told in the Coffee House" by Cyrus Adler
W. F. Clark as editor-in-chief and D. W. Beadle as horticultural editor.
"History of Farming in Ontario" by C. C. James
And moy sister Dolly she had a piece of koyk with a beadle in it.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
The beadle holds up a pair of scales, one of which weighs very much heavier than the other.
"English Caricaturists and Graphic Humourists of the Nineteenth Century." by Graham Everitt
By CROSS and BEVAN (C. F. Cross, E. J. Bevan, and C. Beadle).
"Twentieth Century Inventions" by George Sutherland
Of the beadle who was passing.
"Pierre and Luce" by Romain Rolland
His father had been a beadle.
"Waldfried" by Berthold Auerbach
The May-cabin marched straight up to the beadle and struck his face.
"Black Forest Village Stories" by Berthold Auerbach

In poetry:

The tempter said his say,
Which pierced him like a needle -
He summoned straight away
His sexton and his beadle.
"The Rival Curates" by William Schwenck Gilbert
He bore a workhouse brand;
No Pa or Ma had claimed him,
The Beadle found him, and
The Board of Guardians named him.
"Joe Golightly - Or, The First Lord's Daughter" by William Schwenck Gilbert
A meeting that has no design
To threaten, coax, or wheedle;
To hail with glee a new "M. P."
Or choose a parish beadle!
"A Welcome" by Sir Henry Taylor
There was an Old Person of Cheadle,
Who was put in the stocks by the beadle
For stealing some pigs,
Some coats, and some wigs,
That horrible person of Cheadle.
"Limerick:There was an Old Person of Cheadle" by Edward Lear
Since MICHAEL gives no roast nor stew,
Where Whigs might eat and plot in town,
And swill his port, and mischief brew —
Poor CREEVY sips his water gru-
el as the beadle of the U-
—niversity we've Got in town.
"Stinkomalee Triumphans" by Richard Harris Barham
He stands at the door of the church peeping in,
No troublesome beadle is near him;
The preacher is talking of sinners and sin,
And little Pat trembles to hear him;
A poor little fellow alone and forlorn,
Who never knew parent or duty,—
"Little Pat And The Parson" by Menella Bute Smedley

In news:

OSKALOOSA — John Beadle , 60, of Oskaloosa, died Nov 14, 2012, at his home in Oskaloosa.
Slater a veteran in dealing with Beadle , Kingsbury counties.
Miss Beadle 's latest lesson.
Michelle Beadle 's final ESPN interview.
Friday is Michelle Beadle 's last day with ESPN as she transitions from here to the family of networks at NBC.
Attending were Jane Voight Cates (front, from left), Carol Vaught Cates , Nancy Hays Hills and Barbara Fowler Beadle.
Had the chance to play golf with Zane Beadles of the Broncos the other day in a charity golf tournament.
Beadle County Sheriff Doug Solem tells KOKK that 16-year-old Eduardo Valdez and 17-year-old Matthew Rainbow were detained Wednesday morning following a tip to authorities.
Then play the "SportsNation" game " Walk the Plank ," featuring Colin Cowherd, Michelle Beadle and a host of off-the-wallboard questions.
Halifax County Police say they still have no indication of where a Nathalie woman could be 35 year old, Wendy Dawn Beadles Francis has been missing for over three months.
Beadle County Sheriff Doug Solem says 16-year-old Eduardo Valdez and 17-year-old Matthew Rainbow were detained Wednesday morning following a tip to authorities.
Two South Dakota companies have been charged in Beadle County with selling 85-octane gasoline mislabeled as higher octane fuel, the result of a state investigation.
Councilor Terry Beadles expressed urgency in reinstating an agreement between Clarkston and Asotin County for safety reasons.
Over a six-month period, Beadle and Yurko spent countless hours sorting through thousands of photographs from local museums, businesses, private collections, and newspapers, then writing and editing captions to go with each selected photo .
Photo by Amy Beadle Roth.

In science:

In the 1940’s Beadle and Tatum proposed ‘one gene for one protein (enzyme)’.
Does Meaning Evolve?