One who enforces confinement in a jail or prison.

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  • Jailer — Jail er, n. [OE. jailer, gailer, OF. geolier, F. ge[^o]lier. See {Jail}.] The keeper of a jail or prison. [Written also {jailor}, {gaoler}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jailer — jail·er n: a keeper of a jail Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. jailer …   Law dictionary

  • jailer — also gaoler, late 134c., from O.N.Fr. gayolierre, O.Fr. JAIOLEUR (Cf. jaioleur), from jaole (see JAIL (Cf. jail) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • jailer — [n] prison warden correctional officer, corrections officer, guard, prison guard, turnkey; concept 348 …   New thesaurus

  • jailer — or jailor [jāl′ər] n. a person in charge of a jail or of prisoners …   English World dictionary

  • jailer — UK [ˈdʒeɪlə(r)] / US [ˈdʒeɪlər] noun [countable] Word forms jailer : singular jailer plural jailers old fashioned someone whose job is to guard the people in a prison so that they do not escape …   English dictionary

  • jailer —    This professional title is used in Oliver Goldsmith’s The Vicar of Wakefield. Dr Primrose uses ‘good jailer’; another speaker creates the nonce name ‘Mr Jailer’ to address the same person …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • jailer — /jay leuhr/, n. 1. a person who is in charge of a jail or section of a jail. 2. a person who forcibly confines another. Also, jailor. [1250 1300; ME gaioler, jaioler, jailer < OF jaiolier. See JAIL, ER2] * * * …   Universalium

  • Jailer —    (of Philippi), Acts 16:23. The conversion of the Roman jailer, a man belonging to a class insensible as a rule and hardened by habit, and also disposed to despise the Jews, who were the bearers of the message of the gospel, is one of those… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • jailer — [[t]ʤe͟ɪlə(r)[/t]] jailers N COUNT A jailer is a person who is in charge of a jail and the prisoners in it. [OLD FASHIONED] Syn: warder (in BRIT, also use gaoler) …   English dictionary

  • jailer — jail, jailer are now the more common forms than gaol, gaoler in BrE and are the dominant spellings in AmE. They are the preferred spellings, except in historical contexts in which the gaol forms might be more appropriate …   Modern English usage

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