bailiff /ˈbeɪlɪf/


I. noun

1. a sheriff’s officer who executes writs and processes and carries out distraints and arrests.
2. the agent of a landlord.
(N. Amer.) an official in a court of law who keeps order, looks after prisoners, etc.
‹historical› the sovereign’s representative in a district, especially the chief officer of a hundred.
5. the first civil officer in the Channel Islands.
– origin Middle English: from Old French baillif, inflected form of bailli (see bailie), based on Latin bajulus ‘carrier, manager’.

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