from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Scottish municipal officer corresponding to an English alderman.
- n. Obsolete A bailiff.
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- n. A bailiff
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An officer in Scotland, whose office formerly corresponded to that of sheriff, but now corresponds to that of an English alderman.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete spelling of bailey.
- n. . A bailiff.
- n. In Scotland: The chief magistrate of a barony or part of a county, having functions equivalent to those of a sheriff. A municipal officer or magistrate, corresponding to an alderman in England.
- n. See baily.
Middle English baillie, town official, from Old French, variant of baillis; see bailiff.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)