Definitions for bailiffˈbeɪ lɪf

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bail•iffˈbeɪ lɪf(n.)

  1. an officer, similar to a sheriff, employed to keep order in the court, make arrests, etc.

    Category: Law

  2. (in Britain) a person charged with local administrative authority, or the chief magistrate in a town.

    Category: Government

  3. (esp. in Britain) an overseer of a landed estate or farm.

    Category: Government

Origin of bailiff:

1250–1300; ME baillif < OF, der. of bail custody; see bail1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. bailiff(noun)

    an officer of the court who is employed to execute writs and processes and make arrests etc.


  1. bailiff(Noun)

    A legal officer to whom some degree of authority, care or jurisdiction is committed.

  2. bailiff(Noun)

    The steward or overseer of an estate.

  3. Origin: and bailif (plural bailis), *. Compare Modern French bailli

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bailiff(noun)

    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

  2. Bailiff(noun)

    a sheriff's deputy, appointed to make arrests, collect fines, summon juries, etc

  3. Bailiff(noun)

    an overseer or under steward of an estate, who directs husbandry operations, collects rents, etc


  1. Bailiff

    A bailiff is a manager, overseer or custodian; a legal officer to whom some degree of authority, care or jurisdiction is committed. Bailiffs are of various kinds and their offices and duties vary greatly.


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