bailiff









bailiff


noun

  1. an officer, similar to a sheriff or a sheriff’s deputy, employed to execute writs and processes, make arrests, keep order in the court, etc.
  2. (in Britain) a person charged with local administrative authority, or the chief magistrate in certain towns.
  3. (especially in Britain) an overseer of a landed estate or farm.

noun

  1. British the agent or steward of a landlord or landowner
  2. a sheriff’s officer who serves writs and summonses, makes arrests, and ensures that the sentences of the court are carried out
  3. mainly British (formerly) a high official having judicial powers
  4. mainly US an official having custody of prisoners appearing in court
n.

mid-13c., from Old French baillif (12c., nominative baillis) “administrative official, deputy,” from Vulgar Latin *bajulivus “official in charge of a castle,” from Latin bajulus “porter,” of unknown origin. Used in Middle English of a public administrator of a district, a chief officer of a Hundred, or an officer under a sheriff.

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