camerlengo

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Borrowed from Italian camerlengo (chamberlain). Doublet of chamberlain.

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camerlengo (plural camerlengos)

  1. The cardinal who administers the Roman Catholic Church in the interregnum between Popes.
    • 2013 February 26, Gaia Pianigiani; Elisabetta Povoledo, “Benedict XVI to Be Known as Emeritus in Retirement”, in New York Times[1]:
      Benedict will also stop using the so-called fisherman’s ring to seal documents. It will be destroyed by the cardinal camerlengo, the acting head of state of Vatican City during the “sede vacante,” the canon law term used when the papacy is vacant.

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Italian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Frankish *kamarling (whence Old High German chamarling and French chambellan). The root of the word is Latin camera; the word was probably coined at the court of Frankish kings.

Noun[edit]

camerlengo m (plural camerlenghi)

  1. chamberlain

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Italian camerlengo.

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camerlengo m (plural camerlengos)

  1. (Roman Catholicism) camerlengo (cardinal who administers the Roman Catholic Church during the interregnum)