(in Scotland) a municipal officer or magistrate, corresponding to an English alderman.
Origin of bailie
1250–1300; Middle English baillieRelated formssub·bail·ie, noun
< Old French bailli,
variant of baillif bailiff
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Examples from the Web for bailie
Historical Examples of bailie
I had ae fine customer, the bailie; he had eleven o' a family.
The bailie was sick—an' my laddie, wee Sandy, was aye plaguin' me for a sled.
But it was Bailie Macwheeble who had paid the money without my father's knowledge.
The next morning Edward went off to call on Bailie Macwheeble.
At the turning of the road which led to Tully-Veolan, the Bailie met them.
British Dictionary definitions for bailie
(in Scotland) a municipal magistrate
an obsolete or dialect spelling of bailiff
Word Origin for bailie
C13: from Old French bailli, from earlier baillif bailiff
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