noun bai·liff \ˈbā-ləf\

: an officer in a court of law who helps the judge control the people in the courtroom

: someone hired by a sheriff to bring legal documents to people and to take away possessions when people cannot pay for them

: someone who manages the land and property of another person

Full Definition of BAILIFF

a :  an official employed by a British sheriff to serve writs and make arrests and executions
b :  a minor officer of some United States courts usually serving as a messenger or usher
chiefly British :  one who manages an estate or farm
bai·liff·ship \-ˌship\ noun

Origin of BAILIFF

Middle English baillif, bailie, from Anglo-French baillif, from bail power, authority, office, from baillier to govern, administer, from Medieval Latin bajulare to care for, support, from Latin, to carry a burden — more at bail
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with BAILIFF


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