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bailie

[bey-lee] /ˈbeɪ li/
noun
1.
(in Scotland) a municipal officer or magistrate, corresponding to an English alderman.
2.
Obsolete. bailiff.
Origin of bailie
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English baillie < Old French bailli, variant of baillif bailiff
Related forms
subbailie, noun
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  • I had ae fine customer, the bailie; he had eleven o' a family.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • The bailie was sick—an' my laddie, wee Sandy, was aye plaguin' me for a sled.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • But it was bailie Macwheeble who had paid the money without my father's knowledge.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • The next morning Edward went off to call on bailie Macwheeble.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • At the turning of the road which led to Tully-Veolan, the bailie met them.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • But the Highlander who had been so ready on the bailie's behalf was now nowhere to be found.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • The question, abruptly put, seemed to knock the worthy bailie all of a heap.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • The goose was smoking on the table, and the bailie brandished his knife and fork.

    Waverley Sir Walter Scott
  • I suspect, Tom, you and the bailie were rather convivial after supper.

  • The bailie, notwithstanding the success of his first onset, was sorely bested.

British Dictionary definitions for bailie

bailie

/ˈbeɪlɪ/
noun
1.
(in Scotland) a municipal magistrate
2.
an obsolete or dialect spelling of bailiff
Word Origin
C13: from Old French bailli, from earlier baillifbailiff
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