[ tip-staf, -stahf ]
/ ˈtɪpˌstæf, -ˌstɑf /

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.

Origin of tipstaff

1535–45; shortened form of earlier tipped staff; see tip1, -ed3, staff1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tipstaff


/ (ˈtɪpˌstɑːf) /


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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