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[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
Related forms
underjailer, noun Unabridged
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  • What had become of the jailer and the guards, Theseus never knew.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • And then the brown hand of her jailer closed over her mouth.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The jailer pointed with his bunch of keys to a cell before him.

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • His right hand continued to hang above the gun he had taken from the jailer.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • To know and to feel that they regard themselves as your prisoners, and you as their jailer?

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for jailer


a person in charge of prisoners in a jail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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