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(in Scotland) an official who keeps order in a law court.
- ‘The macer made room for the son of the presiding judge.’
- ‘It, in the first place, in express terms declares the office of macer to be hereditary, and the acting macer to be merely a deputy.’
- ‘As a court officer or macer, you must have good communication skills.’
Middle English: from Old French massier, from masse (see mace).
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