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bailiff definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: an officer of the court who is employed to execute writs and processes and make arrests etc.

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English baillif, bailie, from Anglo-French baillif, from bail power, authority, office, from baillier to govern, administer, from Medieval Latin bajulare to care for, support, from Latin, to carry a burden more at bail Date: 14th century 1. a. an official employed by a British sheriff to serve writs and make arrests and executions b. a minor officer of some United States courts usually serving as a messenger or usher 2. chiefly British one who manages an estate or farm bailiffship noun

Britannica Concise

Officer of some U.S. courts whose duties include keeping order in the courtroom and guarding prisoners or jurors in deliberation. In medieval Europe, it was a title of some dignity and power, denoting a manorial superintendent or royal agent who collected fines and rent, served writs, assembled juries, made arrests, and executed the monarch's orders. The bailiff's authority was gradually eroded by the increasing need to use administrators with legal or other specialized training.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a sheriff's officer who executes writs and processes and carries out distraints and arrests. 2 Brit. the agent or steward of a landlord. 3 US an official in a court of law who keeps order, looks after prisoners, etc. 4 Brit. (hist. except in formal titles) the sovereign's representative in a district, esp. the chief officer of a hundred. 5 the first civil officer in the Channel Islands. Etymology: ME f. OF baillif ult. f. L bajulus carrier, manager

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bailiff Bail"iff, n. [OF. baillif, F. bailli, custodia? magistrate, fr. L. bajulus porter. See Bail to deliver.] 1. Originally, a person put in charge of something especially, a chief officer, magistrate, or keeper, as of a county, town, hundred, or castle; one to whom power? of custody or care are intrusted. --Abbott. Lausanne is under the canton of Berne, governed by a bailiff sent every three years from the senate. --Addison. 2. (Eng. Law) A sheriff's deputy, appointed to make arrests, collect fines, summon juries, etc. Note: In American law the term bailiff is seldom used except sometimes to signify a sheriff's officer or constable, or a party liable to account to another for the rent and profits of real estate. --Burrill. 3. An overseer or under steward of an estate, who directs husbandry operations, collects rents, etc. [Eng.]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Burghmaster Burgh"mas`ter, n. 1. A burgomaster. 2. (Mining) An officer who directs and lays out the meres or boundaries for the workmen; -- called also bailiff, and barmaster. [Eng.]

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(bailiffs) 1. A bailiff is a law officer who makes sure that the decisions of a court are obeyed. Bailiffs can take a person's furniture or possessions away if the person owes money. (BRIT) N-COUNT 2. A bailiff is an official in a court of law who deals with tasks such as keeping control in court. (AM) N-COUNT 3. A bailiff is a person who is employed to look after land or property for the owner. (BRIT) N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Deputy-sheriff, deputy-marshal, deputy-constable. 2. Overseer, under-steward, factor, manager, supervisor.

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