an attendant or crier in a court of law.
a staff tipped with metal, formerly carried as a badge of office, as by a constable.
any official who carried such a staff.
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How to use tipstaff in a sentence
My direction to the tipstaff, who got admittance into the house, was to conduct him to a judge, according to the writ.
"Certainly he can't intend to give me more than one month," said Busby to the tipstaff.Out of the Hurly-Burly | Charles Heber Clark
Again, in his effort to follow, Mr. Thorndike was halted, but the first tipstaff came to his rescue.Once Upon A Time | Richard Harding Davis
Was he fit for nothing but to be employed as a messenger, as a common tipstaff?
tipstaff, tip′staf, n. a staff tipped with metal, or an officer who carries it: a constable.
British Dictionary definitions for tipstaff
a court official having miscellaneous duties, mostly concerned with the maintenance of order in court
a metal-tipped staff formerly used as a symbol of office
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