jailer

or jail·or

[ jey-ler ]
/ ˈdʒeɪ lər /

noun

a person who is in charge of a jail or section of a jail.
a person who forcibly confines another.

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Nearby words

  1. jail delivery,
  2. jail fever,
  3. jailbait,
  4. jailbird,
  5. jailbreak,
  6. jailhouse,
  7. jailhouse lawyer,
  8. jain,
  9. jaina,
  10. jainism

Origin of jailer

1250–1300; Middle English gaioler, jaioler, jailer < Old French jaiolier. See jail, -er2

Related formsun·der·jail·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for jailer

jailer

jailor or gaoler

/ (ˈdʒeɪlə) /

noun

a person in charge of prisoners in a jail
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Word Origin and History for jailer

jailer

n.

also gaoler, late 14c., from Old North French gayolierre, Old French jaioleur, agent noun from jaole (see jail (n.)).

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