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[ bey-lee ]
/ ˈbeɪ li /


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

Nearby words

baile átha cliath, bailee, bailey, bailey bridge, bailey, liberty hyde, bailie, bailiff, bailiwick, baillie, bailment, bailor

Origin of bailie

1250–1300; Middle English baillie < Old French bailli, variant of baillif bailiff
Related formssub·bail·ie, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bailie


/ (ˈbeɪlɪ) /


(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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