bailie

bailie
noun Etymology: Middle English Date: 14th century 1. chiefly dialect bailiff 2. a Scottish municipal magistrate corresponding to an English alderman

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  • Bailie — Bail ie, n. [See {Bailiff}.] An officer in Scotland, whose office formerly corresponded to that of sheriff, but now corresponds to that of an English alderman. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bailie — [bā′lē] n. [Scot < ME baili < OFr < bailif, BAILIFF] 1. in Scotland, a municipal official corresponding to alderman in England 2. Now Dial. a bailiff …   English World dictionary

  • bailie — ● baillie ou bailie nom féminin Fonction ou circonscription d un baile. Garde, tutelle, particulièrement en ligne collatérale …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Bailie — This interesting name is the usual Scottish form of the medieval English surname Bailey , which is an occupational surname for a steward or official. The name derives from the Middle English baili, bailli , a development of the Old French baillis …   Surnames reference

  • bailie —   n. Scottish civic officer, equivalent of alderman.    ♦ bailiary,    ♦ bailiery, n. jurisdiction of bailie …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • bailie — /bay lee/, n. 1. (in Scotland) a municipal officer or magistrate, corresponding to an English alderman. 2. Obs. bailiff. [1250 1300; ME baillie < OF bailli, var. of baillif BAILIFF] * * * …   Universalium

  • bailie — noun A bailiff …   Wiktionary

  • bailie — n. Scottish municipal magistrate (equivalent of alderman); bailiff …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bailie — [ beɪli] noun (plural bailies) chiefly historical a municipal officer and magistrate in Scotland. Origin ME (orig. used interchangeably with bailiff): from OFr. bailli …   English new terms dictionary

  • bailie — bai·lie …   English syllables

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