- 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.
Origin of tipstaff
Examples from the Web for tipstaff
Historical Examples of tipstaff
His arm was grasped roughly by a tipstaff, who hurried to his side.Pickett's Gap
"The Judge wants you back at the Court, Mr. Blake," said the tipstaff.An Outback Marriage
Andrew Barton Paterson
The d'Herouvilles are descended from a tipstaff in the time of Robert of Normandy.Modeste Mignon
Honore de Balzac
At a door a tipstaff laid his hand roughly on the arm of Mr. Thorndike.Once Upon A Time
Richard Harding Davis
"I think you will be able to get anything out of him, when you get him there," said the tipstaff.A Jacobite Exile
G. A. Henty
- 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