Definition of tipstaff in English:

tipstaff

noun

  • A sheriff's officer; a bailiff.

    • ‘Civil injunctions are enforced by the court staff and not by the police, but there is no means of calling out the tipstaff or bailiff at midnight on a Saturday night to deal with a drunken partner.’
    • ‘The American cases have examined these sorts of issues and we have provided your Honours' tipstaffs with some material which we will come to shortly.’
    • ‘So you couldn't just have a tipstaff or a sheriff or a jury officer say to the potential jurors, ‘Look, you guys surf the net, or not?’’
    • ‘Let us assume, for example, that an associate has shares in a company that is a litigant and that the tipstaff's mother has invested in it.’
    • ‘The whole judicial hierarchy, from the highest presidents in the parlements to the humble tipstaff in the obscurest rural jurisdiction, bought their positions.’

Origin

Mid 16th century (first denoting a metal-tipped staff): contraction of tipped staff (carried by a bailiff).

Pronunciation:

tipstaff

/ˈtɪpstɑːf/