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Bailiff vs. Seneschal

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Bailiffnoun

(law enforcement) An officer of the court, particularly:

Seneschalnoun

A steward, particularly (historical) one in charge of a medieval nobleman's estate.

Bailiffnoun

A reeve, (specifically) the chief officer executing the decisions of any English court in the period following the Norman Conquest or executing the decisions of lower courts in the late medieval and early modern period.

Seneschalnoun

(historical) An officer of the crown in late medieval and early modern France who served as a kind of governor and chief justice of the royal court in Normandy and Languedoc.

Bailiffnoun

(UK) A high bailiff: an officer of the county courts responsible for executing warrants and court orders, appointed by the judge and removable by the Lord Chancellor.

Seneschalnoun

An officer in the houses of princes and dignitaries, in the Middle Ages, who had the superintendence of feasts and domestic ceremonies; a steward. Sometimes the seneschal had the dispensing of justice, and was given high military commands.

‘Then marshaled feastServed up in hall with sewers and seneschale.’; ‘Philip Augustus, by a famous ordinance in 1190, first established royal courts of justice, held by the officers called baitiffs, or seneschals, who acted as the king's lieutenants in his demains.’;

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Bailiffnoun

(UK) A bound bailiff: a deputy bailiff charged with debt collection.

Seneschalnoun

the chief steward or butler of a great household

Bailiffnoun

Any law enforcement officer charged with courtroom security and order.

Seneschal

The word seneschal () can have several different meanings, all of which reflect certain types of supervising or administering in a historic context. Most commonly, a seneschal was a senior position filled by a court appointment within a royal, ducal, or noble household during the Middle Ages and early Modern period – historically a steward or majordomo of a medieval great house.

Bailiffnoun

A huissier de justice or other foreign officer of the court acting as either a process server or as courtroom security.

Bailiffnoun

A public administrator, particularly:

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Bailiffnoun

(obsolete) A king's man: any officer nominated by the English Crown.

Bailiffnoun

(historical) The chief officer of a hundred in medieval England.

Bailiffnoun

The title of the mayor of certain English towns.

Bailiffnoun

The title of the castellan of certain royal castles in England.

Bailiffnoun

The chief justice and president of the legislature on Jersey and Guernsey in the Channel Islands.

Bailiffnoun

The High Bailiff of the Isle of Man.

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Bailiffnoun

(obsolete) A bailie: an alderman in certain Scottish towns.

Bailiffnoun

(historical) An appointee of the French king administering certain districts of northern France in the Middle Ages.

Bailiffnoun

(historical) A head of a district ("bailiwick") of the Knights Hospitaller; a head of one of the national associations ("tongues") of the Hospitallers' headquarters on Rhodes or Malta.

Bailiffnoun

(historical) A landvogt in the medieval German states.

Bailiffnoun

A private administrator, particularly Steward

Bailiffnoun

(historical) A steward: the manager of a medieval manor charged with collecting its rents, etc.

Bailiffnoun

(historical) An overseer: a supervisor of tenant farmers, serfs, or slaves, usually as part of his role as steward (see above).

Bailiffnoun

The foreman or overman of a mine.

Bailiffnoun

Any debt collector, regardless of his or her official status.

Bailiffnoun

Originally, a person put in charge of something; especially, a chief officer, magistrate, or keeper, as of a county, town, hundred, or castle; one to whom powers of custody or care are intrusted.

‘Lausanne is under the canton of Berne, governed by a bailiff sent every three years from the senate.’;

Bailiffnoun

A sheriff's deputy, appointed to make arrests, collect fines, summon juries, etc.

Bailiffnoun

An overseer or under steward of an estate, who directs husbandry operations, collects rents, etc.

Bailiffnoun

an officer of the court who is employed to execute writs and processes and make arrests etc.

Bailiff

A bailiff (from Middle English baillif, Old French baillis, bail cf. bail, based on the adjectival form, baiulivus, of Latin bajulus, carrier, manager) is a manager, overseer or custodian; a legal officer to whom some degree of authority or jurisdiction is given.

‘custody, charge, office’;

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