or jail·or



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

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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Examples from the Web for jailor

Historical Examples of jailor

  • The jailor decided that he could safely postpone his visit to Fandor's cell.

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • The constable came back with the Clerk of the Court and the jailor.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • But Mombi was still my grandfather's jailor, and afterward my father's jailor.

  • The jailor, Swims, was a character, and merits a particular description.

    Daring and Suffering:

    William Pittenger

  • The jailor himself was a kind man, and rather of Union sentiments.

    Daring and Suffering:

    William Pittenger

British Dictionary definitions for jailor


jailor or gaoler


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



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

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