tipstaff

noun
tip·​staff | \ ˈtip-ˌstaf How to pronounce tipstaff (audio) \
plural tipstaves\ ˈtip-​ˌstavz How to pronounce tipstaff (audio) , -​ˌstāvz \

Definition of tipstaff

: a court officer whose duties include assisting the judge and acting as crier

First Known Use of tipstaff

1535, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tipstaff

obsolete tipstaff staff tipped with metal

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“Tipstaff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tipstaff. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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