An example of a bailiff in the U.S. is the uniformed officer in a courtroom who escorts the defendant in and helps them be seated in the proper place.
An example of a bailiff in England is the person hired to serve papers on a man who is behind on his taxes.
Other Word Forms
Origin of bailiff
- Middle English baillif from Old French baillis baillif- overseer of an estate, steward from Medieval Latin bāiulīvus from Latin bāiulus carrier
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Anglo-Norman and Old French bailif (plural bailis), Late Latin *bāiulivus. Compare Modern French bailli