Meaning of bailiff in English
EtymologyMiddle English: from Old French baillif, inflected form of bailli (see bailie), based on Latin bajulus‘carrier, manager’
Definitions1. an officer of the court who is employed to execute writs and processes and make arrests etc.
- « You have no idea how humiliating it was, as a boy, to suddenly have all your clothes, your toys, snatched by the bailiff. I mean we were a middle-class family, it's not as if it was happening up and down the street. It made me ashamed, I felt dirty. » John le Carre