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 Rafael Paradez was a jailer with the Collin County Sheriff’s Office for just over two years. Dallas News, "Collin County medical examiner rules Marvin Scott III’s in-custody death a homicide," 28 Apr. 2021 Tammy Mabey, Leshikar’s mom, had spent 18 years in law enforcement, working as a dispatcher, a jailer, and a patrolwoman in California, Idaho, and Nevada. Seth Harp, Rolling Stone, "THE FORT," 18 Apr. 2021 China is the leading jailer of journalists, with 47 behind bars in 2020. Wired Staff, Wired, "One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack," 1 Feb. 2021 The 2,190-square-foot home, located in Guildhall, Vermont, used to be the Essex County Jail, according to the listing on Realtor.com, and formerly served as the jailer's residence. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Otherwise normal house for sale hides nightmarish surprise: An entire abandoned jail," 3 Jan. 2021 The commission oversees the licensing process for anyone who wants to be a police officer, a county jailer or a public safety dispatcher in the state. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "How Dallas Police Chief Eddie García is getting ready for the job," 19 Jan. 2021 Kavanaugh also faces a charge of harassment of a public servant, stemming from an incident in May 2019 in which she was accused of spitting on a jailer, and two charges of assault of a public servant. Jennifer Emily, Dallas News, "What’s the status of the sexual assault cases against ‘Girl in the Closet’ Lauren Kavanaugh?," 24 Jan. 2021 China is the number one jailer of journalists, according to CPJ, with 47 journalists behind bars. Wired Staff, Wired, "One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack," 5 Jan. 2021 The lockup is often at 80 percent of its capacity, and state law requires there be at least one jailer for every 48 inmates. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "‘More bodies in blue or fewer bodies in orange,’ says Bexar County Sheriff as he works to reduce jail staffing woes," 2 Jan. 2021

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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 13 May. 2021.

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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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