Bail"iff (&?;), n. [OF. baillif, F.
bailli, custodian, magistrate, fr. L. bajulus porter. See
Bail to deliver.]
1. Originally, a person put in charge of something;
especially, a chief officer, magistrate, or keeper, as of a county, town,
hundred, or castle; one to whom powers of custody or care are
Lausanne is under the canton of Berne, governed by a
bailiff sent every three years from the senate.
2. (Eng. Law) A sheriff's deputy, appointed
to make arrests, collect fines, summon juries, etc.
&fist; In American law the term bailiff is seldom used except
sometimes to signify a sheriff's officer or constable, or a party liable to
account to another for the rent and profits of real estate.
3. An overseer or under steward of an estate, who
directs husbandry operations, collects rents, etc. [Eng.]