Tipstaff meaning

tĭpstăf
A staff with a metal tip, carried as a sign of office.
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An officer, such as a bailiff or constable, who carries a tipstaff.
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A staff with a metal tip, formerly carried as an emblem by certain officials.
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An official who carried such a staff; esp., in England, a bailiff or constable.
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A ceremonial staff, with a metal tip, carried by a constable or bailiff etc as a sign of office.
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An officer, of a court etc. who carries such a staff.
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Origin of tipstaff

  • Alteration of tipped staff

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition