Nearby words

  1. baiae,
  2. baidarka,
  3. baigneuse,
  4. baikal,
  5. baikonur,
  6. bail bond,
  7. bail bondsman,
  8. bail out,
  9. bail up,
  10. bailable

Also bale (for defs 1–3).

Origin of bail

3
1425–75; late Middle English bayle < Middle French baille a bucket < Vulgar Latin *bāi(u)la; akin to Latin bāiulus carrier. See bail1

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British Dictionary definitions for bailer

bail

1
/ (beɪl) law /

noun

a sum of money by which a person is bound to take responsibility for the appearance in court of another person or himself or herself, forfeited if the person fails to appear
the person or persons so binding themselves; surety
the system permitting release of a person from custody where such security has been takenhe was released on bail
jump bail or formal forfeit bail to fail to appear in court to answer to a charge
stand bail or go bail to act as surety (for someone)

verb (tr)

(often foll by out) to release or obtain the release of (a person) from custody, security having been made
See also bail out

Word Origin for bail

C14: from Old French: custody, from baillier to hand over, from Latin bāiulāre to carry burdens, from bāiulus carrier, of obscure origin

bail

2

bale

/ (beɪl) /

verb

(often foll by out) to remove (water) from (a boat)
Derived Formsbailer or baler, noun

Word Origin for bail

C13: from Old French baille bucket, from Latin bāiulus carrier

bail

3
/ (beɪl) /

noun

cricket either of two small wooden bars placed across the tops of the stumps to form the wicket
agriculture
  1. a partition between stalls in a stable or barn, for horses
  2. a portable dairy house built on wheels or skids
Australian and NZ a framework in a cowshed used to secure the head of a cow during milking

verb

Word Origin for bail

C18: from Old French baile stake, fortification, probably from Latin baculum stick

bail

4

bale

/ (beɪl) /

noun

the semicircular handle of a kettle, bucket, etc
a semicircular support for a canopy
a movable bar on a typewriter that holds the paper against the platen

Word Origin for bail

C15: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse beygja to bend

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Word Origin and History for bailer
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Idioms and Phrases with bailer

bail

In addition to the idiom beginning with bail

  • bail out

also see:

  • make bail
  • out on bail
  • skip bail
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