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- n. A local judge among miners.
- n. An officer of the barmote.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Formerly, a local judge among miners; now, an officer of the barmote.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In mining, the title of an officer who acts as manager, agent, and surveyor, representing the interests of the proprietor or ‘lord,’ and at the same time looking after those of the miner. Also called bailiff, bergmaster, and burghmaster.
From earlier barghmaster, berghmaster, equivalent to bergh + master. Cognate with German Bergmeister. (Wiktionary)