Definitions for bailiffˈbeɪ lɪf
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an officer, similar to a sheriff, employed to keep order in the court, make arrests, etc.
(in Britain) a person charged with local administrative authority, or the chief magistrate in a town.
(esp. in Britain) an overseer of a landed estate or farm.
Origin of bailiff:
1250–1300; ME baillif < OF, der. of bail custody; see bail1
an officer of the court who is employed to execute writs and processes and make arrests etc.
A legal officer to whom some degree of authority, care or jurisdiction is committed.
The steward or overseer of an estate.
Origin: and bailif (plural bailis), *. Compare Modern French bailli
originally, a person put in charge of something especially, a chief officer, magistrate, or keeper, as of a county, town, hundred, or castle; one to whom power/ of custody or care are intrusted
a sheriff's deputy, appointed to make arrests, collect fines, summon juries, etc
an overseer or under steward of an estate, who directs husbandry operations, collects rents, etc