bailie

[ bey-lee ]

noun
  1. (in Scotland) a municipal officer or magistrate, corresponding to an English alderman.

  2. Obsolete. bailiff.

Origin of bailie

1
1250–1300; Middle English baillie<Old French bailli, variant of baillifbailiff

Other words from bailie

  • sub·bail·ie, noun

Words Nearby bailie

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How to use bailie in a sentence

  • The bailie and those of the garrison, some three or four hundred, guard the gates, and forbid their being opened.

  • Haud off there, varlet, ken ye not that I am a bailie of Dumfries?

    The Black Douglas | S. R. Crockett
  • "Siller in hand is the greatest virtue of a buyer," said the bailie, with unction.

    The Black Douglas | S. R. Crockett
  • The bailie of Dumfries lifted up his hands in consternation.

    The Black Douglas | S. R. Crockett
  • "Wear a thick doublet, good Henry, or do not speak so loud," reiterated the bailie in the same significant tone.

    The Fair Maid of Perth | Sir Walter Scott

British Dictionary definitions for bailie

bailie

/ (ˈbeɪlɪ) /


noun
  1. (in Scotland) a municipal magistrate

  2. an obsolete or dialect spelling of bailiff

Origin of bailie

1
C13: from Old French bailli, from earlier baillif bailiff

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