• WordNet 3.6
    • n bailiff an officer of the court who is employed to execute writs and processes and make arrests etc.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bailiff (Eng. Law) A sheriff's deputy, appointed to make arrests, collect fines, summon juries, etc.
    • Bailiff An overseer or under steward of an estate, who directs husbandry operations, collects rents, etc.
    • Bailiff 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 powers of custody or care are intrusted. "Lausanne is under the canton of Berne, governed by a bailiff sent every three years from the senate."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bailiff A subordinate civil officer or functionary. There are in England several kinds of bailiffs, whose offices differ widely, but all agree in this, that the keeping or protection of something belongs to them. The sheriff is the sovereign's bailiff, and his county is a bailiwick. The name is also applied to the chief magistrates of some towns, to keepers of royal castles, as of Dover, to persons having the conservation of the peace in hundreds and in some special jurisdictions, as Westminster, and to the returning-officers in the same. But the officials commonly designated by this name are the bailiffs of sheriffs, or sheriffs' officers, who execute processes, etc., and bailiffs of liberties, appointed by the lords in their respective jurisdictions to perform similar functions.
    • n bailiff An overseer or under-steward on an estate, appointed to manage forests, direct husbandry operations, collect rents, etc. Also called a bailiff of forests, or bailiff in husbandry.
    • n bailiff An officer of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem.
    • n bailiff In London, an officer who supervises the inspection of fish brought into the city.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bailiff bāl′if formerly any king's officer, e.g. sheriffs, mayors, &c., but applied specially to the chief officer of a hundred, still the title of the chief magistrate of various towns (e.g. High-bailiff of Westminster, cf. Bailiff of Dover Castle, also the bailly or first civil officer of the Channel Islands: a sheriff's officer: an agent or land-steward
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. baillif, F. bailli, custodian, magistrate, fr. L. bajulus, porter. See Bail to deliver
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. baillif—Low L. bajulivusbajalus, carrier, administrator. See Bail.


In literature:

"The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
And if she were speaking the truth, if the bailiffs really were in possession...!
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Barnett burst into a hoarse fit of laughter, and turned to the bailiff.
"A Life's Eclipse" by George Manville Fenn
The bailiff turned to his men and gave them an order, whose effect was to make them shuffle together.
"Three Boys" by George Manville Fenn
Atherton-street was named after Mr. Peter Atherton, who was bailiff, in 1673.
"Recollections of Old Liverpool" by A Nonagenarian
I hope to have a good many witnesses, when the bailiff bites the dust.
"Modern Icelandic Plays" by Jóhann Sigurjónsson
You want to be steward, or bailiff, or praefectus here, do you?
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
Was it to warn Johnson to 'scape ere the Bailiff should be on him?
"The King's Daughters" by Emily Sarah Holt
You little fellows," said the bailiff, "I have some business with you.
"The Peasant and the Prince" by Harriet Martineau
The young bailiff stood before her.
"Cruel As The Grave" by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth

In poetry:

stop sputtering like a jammed machine gun!
read the verdict."
"Gioconda And Si-Ya-U" by Nazim Hikmet
There was a youth, and a well-beloved youth,
And he was a squire's son:
He loved the bailiffs daughter dear,
That lived in Islington.
"The Bailiff's Daughter Of Islington" by Henry Morley
"I pr'ythee, sweetheart, then tell to me,
O tell me, whether you know
The bailiffs daughter of Islington."--
"She is dead, sir, long ago."--
"The Bailiff's Daughter Of Islington" by Henry Morley
The doors all barred, the shutters up,
Dismantled, empty, wall and floor,
And now for one grim eve to sup
With Death, the bailiff, at the door.
"The Last Prayer" by William Wilfred Campbell
The priest, the farmer, and the hind,—
With artisans of ev'ry kind,
The Bailiff, Judge, and Gentleman, each strives
With most amazing insolence,
Which sall the Godhead most incense;
Nor can I say, who worst, amongst them, lives.
"To The Sons Of Brutus" by Rees Prichard
Not for any beast that burrows, not for any bird that flies,
Would I lose his large sound council, miss his keen amending eyes.
He is bailiff, woodman, wheelwright, field-surveyor, engineer,
And if flagrantly a poacher—'tain't for me to interfere.
"The Land" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Rice football coach David Bailiff has never served in the military.
AWayne County Common Pleas Court bailiff was sentenced Wednesday to 425 days in jail for her third DUI conviction in six years.
Joliet man sentenced for battering bailiff.
A Kentucky prison inmate who tried to make a run for it Monday had his flight to freedom cut short when he ran through a door and into a bailiff-filled courtroom.
A man who failed to pay a police ticket offered bailiffs, as payment, his cat in Russia's Tomsk region.
Friday morning before the jury walked in, Moore told bailiffs and attorneys that she had a bad reaction to medicine while in jail overnight and a doctor had to be called.
The year 2013 will be a boom one for bailiffs and slum landlords, according to Polly Toynbee.
A Detroit judge ordered everyone out of her courtroom this afternoon after a bailiff observed bedbugs crawling on a man in the first row of seats.
Rice's Bailiff, Air Force's Calhoun eager to join in celebration of military.
Both candidates said they wanted to be active constables , working as a bailiff for Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Thomas Jones and serving civil warrants.
Bailiffs were able to grab Risenhoover, then used a Taser in order to restrain him.
"A CONVERSATION WITH…" — Robert "Pat" Patterson has served as circuit court bailiff at the Lafayette County Courthouse since 1985.
One of the stories buzzing early this morning has to do with a Detroit Judge sending a half-nude photo of himself to the court bailiff.
According to FoxDetroit, the bailiff's husband found the photo on her cellphone and became very upset after learning that it was is wife's boss, Judge McCree.
The case was originally declared a mistrial in June when a juror told other jurors something they had overheard from bailiffs talking about case.