jail·​er | \ ˈjā-lər How to pronounce jailer (audio) \
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

Examples of jailer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With the younger son taking over as jailer, this goes on for a century, until Dream contrives to escape. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2022 The book features not a single public official—policeman, jailer, judge—who is not either stupid or corrupt or both. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, 6 June 2022 Williams, 42, and his family had been hoping for the best for Vicky White, the jailer accused of helping the fugitive escape a Lauderdale County detention center 11 days ago. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, 10 May 2022 That’s about 219 miles from where the ordeal began on April 29 when the 56-year-old former Lauderdale County jailer calmly led the 38-year-old shackled capital murder suspect to freedom. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 9 May 2022 Ivey offered the reward while Casey White and former Lauderdale County jailer Vicky White were on the run for 11 days. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 1 June 2022 Several people were charged by a grand jury after allegedly smuggling drugs inside the Bexar County Jail for the Texas Mexican Mafia with the help of a former jailer. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, 19 May 2022 As of June 30, 2019, the jailer had $506,609 in one account, which left $256,609 uninsured. Julia Fair, The Enquirer, 11 Apr. 2021 The jailer and murder suspect were last seen driving in the copper Ford Edge on this day. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 3 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of jailer

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Aug 2022

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“Jailer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jailer. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for jailer


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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