Bail"iff (?), n. [OF. baillif, F. bailli, custodia magistrate, fr. L. bajulus porter. See Bail to deliver.]


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.


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.

⇒ 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.



An overseer or under steward of an estate, who directs husbandry operations, collects rents, etc.



© Webster 1913.

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