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1. A court attendant entrusted with duties such as the maintenance of order in a courtroom during a trial.
2. An official who assists a British sheriff and who has the power to execute writs, processes, and arrests.
3. Chiefly British An overseer of an estate; a steward.

[Middle English baillif, from Old French baillis, baillif-, overseer of an estate, steward, from Medieval Latin *bāiulīvus, from Latin bāiulus, carrier.]

bail′iff·ship′ n.


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the office of a bailiff
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Noun1.bailiffship - the office of bailiff
berth, billet, post, situation, position, office, place, spot - a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"
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(1981), "Accounting for Bailiffship in Thirteenth Century England," Accounting and Business Research, Vol.