Bailiff

Bail"iff

(bl"f), n. [OF. baillif, F. bailli, custodian, magistrate, fr. L. bajulus porter. See Bail to deliver.]
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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.
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Lausanne is under the canton of Berne, governed by a bailiff sent every three years from the senate.
Addison.
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2. (Eng. Law) A sheriff's deputy, appointed to make arrests, collect fines, summon juries, etc.
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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.
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3. An overseer or under steward of an estate, who directs husbandry operations, collects rents, etc. [Eng.]
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