bailie

noun
bai·​lie | \ ˈbā-lē How to pronounce bailie (audio) \

Definition of bailie

1 chiefly dialectal : bailiff
2 : a Scottish municipal magistrate corresponding to an English alderman

First Known Use of bailie

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bailie

Middle English — more at bailiff

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“Bailie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bailie. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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