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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Bailiff, n. Also: bayliff, -ieff, balieff, -eef, -ife, bailliefe. [ME. bailif (c 1300), baillif, pl. baillifes, bailliues, etc., OF. baillif.]

1. A bailie of a town. (Cf. Bailive.) 1558-66 Knox II. 476.
They having with them one of the Bayliffs took one Sir James Carvet
Ib. 477.
Provest, Bayliffe, and Councell of … Edinburgh

2. A bailiff. Also attrib. in bailiff court.1570 Leslie 60 (all officers, sic as justices, sheriffis, stewardis, baylieffis). 1618 Annandale Corr. 277 (the subsherife and his baleefes). 1642 Melrose R. Rec. I. 91 (the balieff court bookes of Melrose). 1682 New Mills Manuf. 27 (to be persued befor the balife court). Ib. 36 (the baylife of Nungate).

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