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jailer

[jey-ler] /ˈdʒeɪ lər/
noun
1.
a person who is in charge of a jail or section of a jail.
2.
a person who forcibly confines another.
Also, jailor.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English gaioler, jaioler, jailer < Old French jaiolier. See jail, -er2
Related forms
underjailer, noun
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Examples from the web for jailer
  • They turn a soulmate into a dupe, a friend into a jailer, conjugal pleasure into conjugal duty.
  • Felons on a fence, and a jail term for the state's top jailer.
  • jailer-Has custody of the county jail and all persons committed to the jail.
British Dictionary definitions for jailer

jailer

/ˈdʒeɪlə/
noun
1.
a person in charge of prisoners in a jail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for jailer
n.

also gaoler, late 14c., from Old North French gayolierre, Old French jaioleur, agent noun from jaole (see jail (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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jailer in the Bible

(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 cases which illustrate its universality and power.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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