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or jailor

[jey-ler] /ˈdʒeɪ lər/
a person who is in charge of a jail or section of a jail.
a person who forcibly confines another.
Origin of jailer
1250-1300; Middle English gaioler, jaioler, jailer < Old French jaiolier. See jail, -er2
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underjailer, noun Unabridged
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  • As a jailer he was in close touch with facts and knew by experience how unstable in these days was any man's power.

    The Light That Lures Percy Brebner
  • Rudabaugh had just broken jail at Las Vegas, and had killed his jailer.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • This jailer might have been rich—if he had carried himself civilly; but he sought his own ruin, which soon after came upon him.

    George Fox George Fox
  • Every two or three weeks the jailer had brought me a letter from some of my family.

  • Then her jailer saw that Jehane's eyes were green, and very steady.

British Dictionary definitions for jailer


a person in charge of prisoners in a jail
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Word Origin and History for jailer

also gaoler, late 14c., from Old North French gayolierre, Old French jaioleur, agent noun from jaole (see jail (n.)).

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