• WordNet 3.6
    • n paymaster a person in charge of paying wages
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Paymaster One who pays; one who compensates, rewards, or requites; specifically, an officer or agent of a government, a corporation, or an employer, whose duty it is to pay salaries, wages, etc., and keep account of the same.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n paymaster One who is to pay, or who regularly pays; one from whom wages or remuneration is received.
    • n paymaster An officer in the army whose duty it is to pay the officers and men their wages, and who is intrusted with money for this purpose.
    • n paymaster An officer in the United States navy who has charge of money, provisions, clothing, and small stores, and is responsible for their safe-keeping and issue.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Paymaster the master who pays: an officer in the army or navy whose duty it is to pay soldiers, &c
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. payer—L. pacāre, to appease; cf. pax, peace.


In literature:

The paymaster-General shall have a note upon your affair immediately, Captain Rallywood.
"A Modern Mercenary" by Kate Prichard and Hesketh Vernon Hesketh-Prichard
I was then to turn them over to the regular paymaster who would engage them.
"One Way Out" by William Carleton
With a professional 'voluntary' army, well paid and well affected to its paymasters, such winning over would be practically impossible.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker
I am told that more than seven hundred thousand men are now on the Paymasters' rolls.
"Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863" by Adam Gurowski
On the twenty-sixth the paymaster made his appearance among us, much to the satisfaction of the command.
"Three Years in the Federal Cavalry" by Willard Glazier
He is a generous paymaster.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
She was the paymaster of the spies.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
But the man that puts his money into the Paymaster property is simply buying a lawsuit.
"Shadow Mountain" by Dane Coolidge
Another joyful day is the visit of the paymaster, which happens six times a year.
"The International Monthly, Volume 5, No. 3, March, 1852" by Various
Board of Finance and Paymaster General's Department.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various

In news:

A Qaeda Bomb Expert Killed in Pakistan Was a Paymaster .
Alleged al Qaeda paymaster in custody.
If the true paymasters of M23, Gen Kagame and Gen Museveni, are not held accountable then it's only a matter of time.
Because wages were so low, no weapons were allowed out of fear someone would kill the paymaster.