Definitions for bailbeɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. property or money given as surety that a person released from legal custody will return at an appointed time.

    Category: Law

  2. a person who provides bail.

    Category: Law

  3. the state of release upon being bailed.

    Category: Law

  4. (v.t.)to grant or obtain the liberty of (a person) on security for appearance in court as required.

    Category: Law

  5. to deliver (goods) for storage, hire, or other special purpose.

    Category: Law

  6. to assist in escaping a predicament (used with out).

Idioms for bail:

  1. jump bail,to abscond while free on bail.

    Category: Idiom, Law

Origin of bail:

1375–1425; late ME bayle < AF bail custody, charge < OF, der. of baillier to hand over < L bāiulāre to serve as porter, der. of bāiulus porter


  1. the semicircular handle of a kettle or pail.

  2. a hooplike support, as for the cover on a Conestoga wagon.

Origin of bail:

1400–50; ME


  1. to dip (water) out of a boat, as with a bucket.

  2. to clear of water by dipping:

    to bail out a boat.

  3. (v.i.)to bail water.

  4. bail out, to make a parachute jump from an airplane. to give up on or abandon a difficult situation.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  5. (n.)a bucket, dipper, or other container used for bailing.

Origin of bail:

1425–75; late ME bayle < MF baille a bucket < VL *bāi(u)la; akin to L bāiulus carrier. See bail1


  1. Chiefly Brit. a bar or partition for confining or separating livestock.

    Category: British

Origin of bail:

1350–1400; ME baile < OF < L bacula sticks

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bail, bail bond, bond(noun)

    (criminal law) money that must be forfeited by the bondsman if an accused person fails to appear in court for trial

    "the judge set bail at $10,000"; "a $10,000 bond was furnished by an alderman"

  2. bail(verb)

    the legal system that allows an accused person to be temporarily released from custody (usually on condition that a sum of money guarantees their appearance at trial)

    "he is out on bail"

  3. bail(verb)

    release after a security has been paid

  4. bail(verb)

    deliver something in trust to somebody for a special purpose and for a limited period

  5. bail(verb)

    secure the release of (someone) by providing security

  6. bail(verb)

    empty (a vessel) by bailing

  7. bail(verb)

    remove (water) from a vessel with a container

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. bail(noun)ɪl

    money that allows sb out of prison

    to release sb on bail; The judge set bail at $5,000.

  2. bail(verb)ɪl

    to help sb or sth by giving money

    They won't bail you out again.; The government won't bail out failing banks.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bail(noun)

    a bucket or scoop used in bailing water out of a boat

  2. Bail(verb)

    to lade; to dip and throw; -- usually with out; as, to bail water out of a boat

  3. Bail(verb)

    to dip or lade water from; -- often with out to express completeness; as, to bail a boat

  4. Bail

    to deliver; to release

  5. Bail

    to set free, or deliver from arrest, or out of custody, on the undertaking of some other person or persons that he or they will be responsible for the appearance, at a certain day and place, of the person bailed

  6. Bail

    to deliver, as goods in trust, for some special object or purpose, upon a contract, expressed or implied, that the trust shall be faithfully executed on the part of the bailee, or person intrusted; as, to bail cloth to a tailor to be made into a garment; to bail goods to a carrier

  7. Bail(noun)

    custody; keeping

  8. Bail(noun)

    the person or persons who procure the release of a prisoner from the custody of the officer, or from imprisonment, by becoming surely for his appearance in court

  9. Bail(noun)

    the security given for the appearance of a prisoner in order to obtain his release from custody of the officer; as, the man is out on bail; to go bail for any one

  10. Bail(noun)

    the arched handle of a kettle, pail, or similar vessel, usually movable

  11. Bail(noun)

    a half hoop for supporting the cover of a carrier's wagon, awning of a boat, etc

  12. Bail(noun)

    a line of palisades serving as an exterior defense

  13. Bail(noun)

    the outer wall of a feudal castle. Hence: The space inclosed by it; the outer court

  14. Bail(noun)

    a certain limit within a forest

  15. Bail(noun)

    a division for the stalls of an open stable

  16. Bail(noun)

    the top or cross piece ( or either of the two cross pieces) of the wicket


  1. Bail

    Traditionally, bail is some form of property deposited or pledged to a court to persuade it to release a suspect from jail, on the understanding that the suspect will return for trial or forfeit the bail. In some cases bail money may be returned at the end of the trial, if all court appearances are made, regardless of whether the person is found guilty or not guilty of the crime accused. If a bondsman is used and a surety bond has been obtained, the fee for that bond is the fee for the insurance policy purchased and is not refundable. In some countries granting bail is common. Even in such countries, however, bail may not be offered by some courts under some circumstances; for instance, if the accused is considered likely not to appear for trial regardless of bail. Legislatures may also set out certain crimes to be not bailable, such as capital crimes.

Anagrams of bail

  1. Albi

  2. Bali

Translations for bail

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a sum of money which is given to a court of law to get an untried prisoner out of prison until the time of his trial, and which acts as security for his return

bail of $500.

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