bailiff

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noun bai·liff \ˈbā-ləf\

Definition of bailiff

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 chiefly British :  one who manages an estate or farm

bailiffship

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Origin and Etymology 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


BAILIFF Defined for English Language Learners

bailiff

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noun bai·liff \ˈbā-ləf\

Definition of bailiff for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Law Dictionary

bailiff

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noun bai·liff \ˈbā-ləf\

Legal Definition of bailiff

  1. :  an officer of some courts in the U.S. whose duties usually include keeping order in the courtroom and guarding prisoners or jurors in deliberation

Origin and Etymology of bailiff

Anglo-French, steward, king's official, from bail stewardship, custody, handing over — see bail



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