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Meaning of BAILIFF

Pronunciation:  'beylif

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  an officer of the court who is employed to execute writs and processes and make arrests etc.

BAILIFF is a 7 letter word that starts with B.


 See Also: functionary, official



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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.]

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of a bailiff means that your hard work and diligence will be means for you to elevate your standard of living and possible promotion at your work. Dreaming that a bailiff is arresting you means your need to improve your business ethics. Your integrity is being called into question.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: An officer of the court responsible for keeping order and maintaining appropriate courtroom decorum and has custody of the jury.
Thesaurus Terms
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