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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When the other inmates were moved to a different location, jailers decided to keep Wilson alone in her cell. Cindy Chang, latimes.com, "LAPD hasn't taken basic measures to prevent suicides in its jails, scathing report says," 15 June 2018 Posts from Holt and other inmates say jailers were bent on hurting them. Fox News, "The Latest: Inmate families gather at police headquarters," 17 May 2018 One jailer was placed on administrative leave after the escape in March. Fares Sabawi, San Antonio Express-News, "Bexar jail back in spotlight with news of foiled escape attempt, administrator’s retirement," 5 Apr. 2018 Prindle began his career at the county jail in 1985 and on March 22, 2002, was appointed jailer by Moore to fill the unexpired term of former Jailer John Schickel, now state senator. Nancy Daly, Cincinnati.com, "Boone jailer leaves amid frustrations at criminal justice system," 28 Feb. 2018 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

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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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