- a deputy sheriff who serves processes, etc.
- a court officer who guards the jurors, maintains order in the courtroom, etc.
- in England, an administrative official of a district, with power to collect taxes, serve as a magistrate, etc.
- Chiefly Brit. an overseer or steward of an estate
Origin of bailiffMiddle English bailif from Old French bailif from baillier, to govern, keep in custody: see bail