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jailer

or jailor

[jey-ler] /ˈdʒeɪ lər/
noun
1.
a person who is in charge of a jail or section of a jail.
2.
a person who forcibly confines another.
Origin of jailer
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English gaioler, jaioler, jailer < Old French jaiolier. See jail, -er2
Related forms
underjailer, noun
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  • The jailor decided that he could safely postpone his visit to Fandor's cell.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • The constable came back with the Clerk of the Court and the jailor.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • But Mombi was still my grandfather's jailor, and afterward my father's jailor.

  • The jailor, Swims, was a character, and merits a particular description.

    Daring and Suffering: William Pittenger
  • The jailor himself was a kind man, and rather of Union sentiments.

    Daring and Suffering: William Pittenger
  • The jailor, evidently had expected them; for he threw open the door at once.

    Dulcibel Henry Peterson
  • They are feathers I got from the wings of one of the Salem jailor's chickens.

    Dulcibel Henry Peterson
  • The jailor was making a feeble pretense of protecting his prisoners.

    Shawn of Skarrow James Tandy Ellis
  • Must the love I hear my brother pledge itself to be My brother's jailor?

  • One morning, shortly after sunrise, Mark was awakened by the entrance of their jailor.

    The Fugitives R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for jailor

jailer

/ˈdʒeɪlə/
noun
1.
a person in charge of prisoners in a jail
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Word Origin and History for jailor

jailer

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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