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Topic: LAW

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: baillif, from bail; BAIL1

bailiff

noun
     
bai‧liff [countable]
1 British EnglishBO someone who looks after a farm or land that belongs to someone else
2 American English an official of the legal system who watches prisoners and keeps order in a court of law
3 British EnglishSCLSCL an official of the legal system who can take people's goods or property when they owe money
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