bail·​or bā-ˈlȯr How to pronounce bailor (audio)
variants or bailer
: a person who delivers personal property to another in trust

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Precedents from the 17th century outlawed discrimination by docks, ferries and bailors. Adam Candeub, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1602, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bailor was in 1602

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Cite this Entry

“Bailor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

Legal Definition


: an individual or entity (as a business organization) placing personal property in the possession of another under a bailment
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