Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

Etymologies

From earlier barghmaster, berghmaster, equivalent to bergh +‎ master. Cognate with German Bergmeister. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Central barmaster Justin Guthrie will be ladling out not only bubbling hot mugs of Tom and Jerry (rum, sugar, eggs and boiling water) but cups of Some Punch for a Change (created for this column during the campaign).

    Having a Ball at the Inauguration

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