• WordNet 3.6
    • n jailer someone who guards prisoners
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n jailer The keeper of a jail or prison.
    • n jailer In coal-mining, a small tub or box in which water is carried in a mine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Jailer one who has charge of a jail or of prisoners, called also a turnkey
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  • John F. Kennedy
    “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”
  • James Russell Lowell
    “Life is the jailer, death the angel sent to draw the unwilling bolts and set us free.”
  • W. Somerset Maugham
    “Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. gaole (Fr. geôle)—Low L. gabiola, a cage, dim. of Low L. gabia, a cage, a corr. of cavea, a cage—L. cavus, hollow.


In literature:

As the jailer entered he threw down some heavy irons in the corner of the room.
"Dulcibel" by Henry Peterson
Your jailers are away.
"Madge Morton's Secret" by Amy D. V. Chalmers
The old jailer looks down upon him with an air of sympathy, and shakes his head.
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams
Probably it was that fact which gave her jailer his evident certainty that he had her in his power.
"In Apple-Blossom Time" by Clara Louise Burnham
An angry parley took place at the door between the jailer and my captors.
"Kilgorman" by Talbot Baines Reed
At such times the jailer gave him plenty of time, and Harold poured forth his latest plans in a swift torrent.
"The Eagle's Heart" by Hamlin Garland
At length the jailer unlocked a door at the end of a long passage, and, pointing to the inside of the room, told them they might walk in.
"The Golden Grasshopper" by W.H.G. Kingston
And then the gruff voice of the jailer scared away his visions, and roused him for a moment from his reveries.
"The Runaway" by Unknown
The jailer promised that the letter should be delivered some time during the day.
"Which?" by Ernest Daudet
The prisoners, the jailers and spectators laughed at its antics.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume I (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
Several days had gone by, and no one had come to see the youth but his jailer, who delivered food twice a day, morning and afternoon.
"For the Liberty of Texas" by Edward Stratemeyer
Since no one else in town would take the place, Yorky had been unanimously chosen jailer.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
We announced, therefore, that our Hudson Bay friend, with his rifle loaded, would be night jailer.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
My late jailer belonged to the Order of the Silver Key, a powerful Indian society, acting under the leadership of Raymon Sorillo.
"At the Point of the Sword" by Herbert Hayens
The visit of the minister of police justly enough increased the terror of the jailer.
"The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 2, January, 1851" by Various
The jailer will not detect it, or mark your taller figure, by this dim and gloomy light.
"Helen and Arthur" by Caroline Lee Hentz
Her jailers had suddenly approached.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
The jailer locked the door after him, and the Abbot and Margery were left together.
"Mistress Margery" by Emily Sarah Holt
In the hallway was a staircase which led to the first story, where the jailer and his family had their quarters.
"Chasing an Iron Horse" by Edward Robins
This was a golden opportunity to frighten my jailers.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor

In poetry:

And the grave and worshipful justice
(Upon whose soul be peace!)
Set his name to the jailer's warrant
For Goodwife Cole's release.
"The Changeling ( From The Tent on the Beach )" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Macquarie Harbour jailers lock
the sullen gates no more…..
but lash-strokes sound in every shock
of ocean on the dismal rocks
along that barren shore.
"Macquarie Harbour" by Rex Ingamells
MEANWHILE Calista led a wretched life;
No gold nor jewels Damon left his wife,
Which made the jailer faithful, since 'twere vain
To hope, unbribed, this Cerberus to gain.
"The Magic Cup" by Jean de La Fontaine
But their wild exultation was suddenly checked
When the jailer informed them, with tears,
Such a sentence would have not the slightest effect,
As the pig had been dead for some years.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
I hear a step. Who may it be?
Some friend who comes to pity me.
A comely youth, his face is hid,
His eyes are drooped beneath their lid.
The jailer locks and bars the door,
I see the light of day no more.
"Imogene" by Eloise Alberta Bibb
But the sweetness of mercy brew'd bitter destruction, and the
frighten'd monarchs come back;
Each comes in state, with his train—hangman, priest, tax-gatherer,
Soldier, lawyer, lord, jailer, and sycophant.
"Europe, The 72d And 73d Years Of These States" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Two South Dakota teenagers are back in custody after they assaulted a jailer and escaped from a correctional facility in Huron .
For months, Anthony Brown fooled his jailers into believing that he was just another prisoner inside Men's Central Jail.
Jailers may perform invasive strip searches on people arrested even for minor offenses, an ideologically divided Supreme Court ruled Monday, the conservative majority declaring that security trumps privacy in an often dangerous environment.
Worth County Jailer behind bars.
LA jailer 's photo of beaten suspect under scrutiny.
The jailer 's name wasn't released and officials did not say what occurred.
Ex- jailer pleads guilty in beating.
Austin native wins jailer award.
For the second time in one week, details emerge of sexual misconduct in Harris County jails between jailers and inmates.
Jailer accused in girl's sex assault at juvenile lockup.
Teen exchanged sex for candy from jailer .
Oct 11, 2012: A jailer gave candy and treats to a 15-year-old being held in the Harris County Juvenile Justice Center in exchange for sex, prosecutors say.
Sheriff gets jailer as Island County budget adopted.
A former female employee has filed a lawsuit against Grant County Jailer Terry Peeples alleging sexual harassment and a hostile work environment.
A Former Bremer County Jailer Pleads Guilty to Theft.