Bailiff
Bailiff Bail"iff (b[=a]l"[i^]f), n. [OF. baillif, F. bailli, custodian, magistrate, fr. L. bajulus porter. See {Bail} to deliver.] [1913 Webster] 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 powers of custody or care are intrusted. --Abbott. [1913 Webster]

Lausanne is under the canton of Berne, governed by a bailiff sent every three years from the senate. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. (Eng. Law) A sheriff's deputy, appointed to make arrests, collect fines, summon juries, etc. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. An overseer or under steward of an estate, who directs husbandry operations, collects rents, etc. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]


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