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tipstaff

[tip-staf, -stahf] /ˈtɪpˌstæf, -ˌstɑf/
noun, plural tipstaves
[tip-steyvz] /ˈtɪpˌsteɪvz/ (Show IPA),
tipstaffs.
1.
an attendant or crier in a court of law.
2.
a staff tipped with metal, formerly carried as a badge of office, as by a constable.
3.
any official who carried such a staff.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; shortened form of earlier tipped staff; see tip1, -ed3, staff1
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  • He was appointed tipstaff thirty-one years ago and has held the position ever since.
British Dictionary definitions for tipstaff

tipstaff

/ˈtɪpˌstɑːf/
noun
1.
a court official having miscellaneous duties, mostly concerned with the maintenance of order in court
2.
a metal-tipped staff formerly used as a symbol of office
Word Origin
C16 tipped staff; see tip1, staff1
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Word Origin and History for tipstaff
n.

1540s, "tipped staff" (truncheon with a tip or cap of metal) carried as an emblem of office, from tip (n.) + staff (n.). As the name of an official who carries one (especially a sheriff's officer, bailiff, constable, court crier, etc.) it is recorded from 1560s.

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