- A person employed by the government.
- (obsolete) (euphemism) In the days when Australia was a penal colony: a convict assigned to work on public projects.
Etymology: The convict sense was one of several euphemisms for convicts, the Australian National Dictionary Centre (at the w:Australian National University, Australian National University) dates it to 1797, but by 1812 it had expanded to any government labourer.http://www.anu.edu.au/andc/res/aewords/aewords_hr.php
- German: Beamte
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