Definition of “bailiff” - English Dictionary

“bailiff” in British English

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bailiffnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbeɪ.lɪf/ us /ˈbeɪ.lɪf/

(in the UK ) an official who takes away someone's possessions when they owe money:

They didn't pay their rent, so the landlord called/sent in the bailiffs.

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

(in the UK ) a person whose job is to take care of someone else's land or property

(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)