Definitions for bailiffship

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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

bail′iff•ship`(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bailiffship(noun)

    the office of bailiff

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