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tipstaff

[ tip-staf, -stahf ]
/ ˈtɪpˌstæf, -ˌstɑf /
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noun, plural tip·staves [tip-steyvz], /ˈtɪpˌsteɪvz/, tip·staffs.
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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Origin of tipstaff

1535–45; shortened form of earlier tipped staff;see tip1, -ed3, staff1
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British Dictionary definitions for tipstaff

tipstaff
/ (ˈtɪpˌstɑːf) /

noun
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

Word Origin for tipstaff

C16 tipped staff; see tip 1, staff 1
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