jail·er | \ ˈjā-lər \
variants: or less commonly jailor

Definition of jailer 

1 : a keeper of a jail

2 : one that restricts another's liberty as if by imprisonment

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The parents and child are one another’s beloved prisoners and jailers. Francine Prose, WSJ, "Five Best: Francine Prose on Family Troubles," 12 July 2018 Hardiman also wrote an important opinion that upheld the power of jailers to strip-search all new inmates, even those being held briefly for failing to pay a fine who do not appear to a pose a security risk. David G. Savage, latimes.com, "Last year's runner-up, Thomas Hardiman has a working-class background that could appeal to Trump voters," 9 July 2018 So Travaile Speller has sued, claiming that his jailers and the Mecklenburg Sheriff's Office discriminated against his religious practice by forcing him to eat only two meals each day during Ramadan. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "A Mecklenburg inmate signed up for Ramadan fast. Now he's suing because he got hungry.," 5 July 2018 The Rabun County Sheriff’s Office requested Tuesday that the GBI conduct a review of jailer Jason Michael Fair, 34, of Clayton. Fleming Smith, ajc, "North Georgia jailer charged with battery of inmate," 8 June 2018 In a place known for the excesses of its criminal justice system, Mr. Glasgow has been the critic in chief of the police, prosecutors and jailers. New York Times, "From Fighting Injustice to Facing Death Row: The Bizarre Case of Pastor Glasgow," 7 July 2018 Authorities said that inmate Timothy Marcum was found dead by jailers on the morning of Oct. 16, 2016. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "3 months after drug conviction, man smuggled carfentanil that killed another inmate," 25 June 2018 The case followed a string of prosecutions against Los Angeles County deputies accused of assaulting inmates, lying to cover up the beatings or conspiring to obstruct an FBI investigation into misconduct by jailers. Maya Lau, latimes.com, "Charges dropped against L.A. County jail guard accused of allowing inmates to beat up a man," 29 May 2018 But he and his wife, Thamara Caleno, were never brought to the courthouse by jailers at El Helicoide. NBC News, "American Joshua Holt, held in Venezuelan prison, pleads for help: 'They want to kill me'," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of jailer

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of jailer

: a person who is in charge of a jail or who guards the prisoners in a jail


variants: also jailor \ˈjā-lər \

Kids Definition of jailer

: a person responsible for the operation of a prison



Legal Definition of jailer 

: a keeper of a jail

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