oeconomus

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Etymology[edit]

Latin oeconomus, from Ancient Greek οἰκονόμος (oikonómos), from οἰκος (oikos, house) + νόμος (nómos, law, rule)

Noun[edit]

oeconomus (plural oeconomi)

  1. (ecclesiastical) A married priest (chiefly Orthodox Christian and Uniate usage), as opposed to a hieromonk.
  2. (ecclesiastical)) A priest or other person who serves as the bursar or finance officer of a diocese or religious institution (chiefly Roman Catholic usage), an episcopal oeconomus temporarily takes charge of church property in the event of an episcopal vacancy.
  3. A Byzantine title given to the chief steward or treasurer of a household or institution.

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