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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
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underjailer, noun Unabridged
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  • His answers were so truthful and accurate that they served to blind the jailor still further.

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

    Shawn of Skarrow James Tandy Ellis
  • It was evident that he understood the desires of his jailor, and equally plain that he had resolved to disregard them.

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

    The Fugitives R.M. Ballantyne
  • At eight o'clock the jailor unlocked the prison door to let me out, and I gave the parting hand to the prisoner of hope.

    Leaves from My Journal Wilford Woodruff
  • The jailor decided that he could safely postpone his visit to Fandor's cell.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • With such precautions, a jailor might depend on the safe keeping of his charge, but yet we overcame it all.

  • But Mombi was still my grandfather's jailor, and afterward my father's jailor.

  • If you take him prisoner, he will escape: no judge in the island dare convict him, no jailor would dare keep his door shut.

    Out with Garibaldi G. A. Henty
  • The jailor, Swims, was a character, and merits a particular description.

    Daring and Suffering: William Pittenger
British Dictionary definitions for jailor


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 jailor



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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