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 Harris reported four times more pending tests for jailers compared to Dallas. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "Dallas County Jail has struggled to test for COVID-19, but help could be on the way," 15 May 2020 Salazar also outlined two classes of future jailers, a total of 35 new employees, coming into the department in March. Jacob Beltran, ExpressNews.com, "Clerical error cited in Bexar County inmate’s mistaken release," 7 Feb. 2020 Turkey has detained 47 reporters, according to a December study by the Committee to Protect Journalists, making it the second-biggest jailer of journalists worldwide, after China. Selcan Hacaoglu, Bloomberg.com, "Amnesty Urges Turkey to Free Reporters, Activists in Virus Plan," 5 May 2020 My jailer, who until now had communicated entirely in grunts, might teach me Farsi. The Economist, "Trapped in Iran," 28 Jan. 2020 Worthington is not the only jailer who handed e-cigarette business to companies by sidestepping competition. R.g. Dunlop, ProPublica, "How These Jail Officials Profit From Selling E-Cigarettes to Inmates," 7 Feb. 2020 Turkey is ranked the highest jailer of journalists in the world, after China, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. BostonGlobe.com, "Turkey is ranked the highest jailer of journalists in the world, after China, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.," 28 Dec. 2019 After China and Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Egypt were the worst jailers, the report found. Amy Gunia, Time, "At Least 250 Journalists Have Been Imprisoned in 2019 and China Is the Top Jailer, CPJ Says," 12 Dec. 2019 The Committee to Protect Journalists says Egypt is among the world’s worst jailers of journalists, alongside Turkey and China. NBC News, "NYT publisher says Trump administration failed to respond to threat to reporter," 24 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of jailer

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Jailer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jailer. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of jailer

somewhat old-fashioned : 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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