from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A surety, used to obtain the release of a criminal defendant who has been required to give bail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A bond or obligation given by a prisoner and his surety, to insure the prisoner's appearance in court, at the return of the writ.
  • Special bail in court to abide the judgment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bond or obligation given by a prisoner and his surety to insure the appearance of the former in court at the return of the writ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (criminal law) money that must be forfeited by the bondsman if an accused person fails to appear in court for trial


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  • The bail bond office of Wee Willie Bimstine and Nig Rosewater was located just off Basin, just inside the ragged edges of the Quarter, not far from St. Louis Cemetery and Louis Armstrong Park.

    Jolie Blon’s Bounce

  • “Come back, Marvin,” Zerelda said from the doorway of the bail bond office.

    Jolie Blon’s Bounce

  • But Marvin Oates’s attention was focused on the window of the bail bond office, where Clete was playing cards at a desk with a thin, nattily dressed, deeply tanned man who wore an oxblood fedora with a gray feather in the band and a mustache that looked like it had been grease-penciled on his upper lip.

    Jolie Blon’s Bounce


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