tip·​staff ˈtip-ˌstaf How to pronounce tipstaff (audio)
plural tipstaves ˈtip-ˌstavz How to pronounce tipstaff (audio)
: a court officer whose duties include assisting the judge and acting as crier

Word History


obsolete tipstaff staff tipped with metal

First Known Use

1535, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tipstaff was in 1535

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Cite this Entry

“Tipstaff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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