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[jey-ler] /ˈdʒeɪ lər/
a person who is in charge of a jail or section of a jail.
a person who forcibly confines another.
Origin of jailer
1250-1300; Middle English gaioler, jaioler, jailer < Old French jaiolier. See jail, -er2
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underjailer, noun Unabridged
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  • As a jailer he was in close touch with facts and knew by experience how unstable in these days was any man's power.

    The Light That Lures Percy Brebner
  • What had become of the jailer and the guards, Theseus never knew.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • This jailer might have been rich—if he had carried himself civilly; but he sought his own ruin, which soon after came upon him.

    George Fox George Fox
  • To know and to feel that they regard themselves as your prisoners, and you as their jailer?

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • Then her jailer saw that Jehane's eyes were green, and very steady.

British Dictionary definitions for jailer


a person in charge of prisoners in a jail
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Word Origin and History for jailer

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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