Pronunciation: (chûrch'wôr"dn), [key]
1. Anglican Ch.a lay officer who looks after the secular affairs of the church, and who, in England, is the legal representative of the parish.
2. Episc. Ch.a lay church officer who, with other members of the vestry, is in charge of the temporal management of the parish.
3. a long-stemmed clay pipe for smoking.
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