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

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Evans and Dugan are among eight jailers indicted in Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s Office’s criminal investigation into the jail. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Lawyers for Cuyahoga County Jail guards charged with pummeling restrained inmate to challenge extent of injuries," 10 July 2019 At one point, one of her jailers questioned her about her Terezín job. Zuzana Justman, The New Yorker, "My Terezín Diary," 9 Sep. 2019 Lawmakers and Trump administration officials have expressed outrage that Epstein could have killed himself under the noses of jailers. Adam Edelman, NBC News, "AG Barr removes acting Bureau of Prisons chief in wake of Epstein suicide," 19 Aug. 2019 In Turkey, which has been the top jailer of journalists three years in a row, life sentences without parole equate to 30 years in solitary confinement, with limited visits. Lydia Belanger, Fortune, "The 10 Most Urgent Press Freedom Cases Around the World," 1 Aug. 2019 Nurses and jailers administered life-saving measures until paramedics arrived to take the man to the hospital, the sheriff said. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "47-year-old Madison County jail inmate dies," 23 Aug. 2019 The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, in a statement released Monday, said a female jail supervisor and female deputy jailer at the W.C. Brassell Adult Detention Center were terminated from their positions. Fox News, "2 jail officials fired after Arkansas escape of white supremacist gang leader, other inmate, police say," 8 Aug. 2019 State records show four Harris County Sheriff's deputies or jailers have had their licenses suspended or revoked after being charged with family violence since 2013. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Off-duty Harris County deputy charged in fatal south Houston shooting," 29 July 2019 According to a LinkedIn profile, Flannery previously worked as a deputy jailer at detention centers in Bullitt and Hardin counties. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "A Louisville man impersonated an officer and pointed a gun at victims, police say," 4 June 2019

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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

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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