Meaning of “bailiff” in the English Dictionary

"bailiff" in British English

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bailiffnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbeɪ.lɪf/ us /ˈbeɪ.lɪf/

(Definition of “bailiff” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bailiff" in American English

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bailiffnoun [ C ]

us /ˈbeɪ·lɪf/

an official who is responsible for prisoners who are appearing in court

(Definition of “bailiff” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bailiff" in Business English

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bailiffnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbeɪlɪf/ us LAW

UK an official who takes possession of someone's property when they cannot pay their debts:

They threatened to call in the bailiffs to recover the family's debts.

US an official who is responsible for prisoners who are appearing in court

(Definition of “bailiff” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)