Definition of jailer in English:


(British jailor, gaoler)


  • A person in charge of a jail or of the prisoners in it.

    • ‘In The Abduction from the Seraglio, in The Magic Flute, the prisoners will be guarded by jailers whose vigilance must be outwitted.’
    • ‘After a deeply traumatic childhood, where his father left him to rot in Newgate prison, Sweeney takes violent revenge against the gaoler who tormented him in prison.’
    • ‘The county's police force is recruiting civilian jailers - or custody support staff - as part of a shake-up of its custody services.’
    • ‘According to press reports, the two British detainees have been told by their military jailers to plead guilty and accept 20-year prison sentences or go to trial and face certain conviction and the real threat of execution.’
    • ‘She was trapped in a prison and her jailer refused to release her.’
    prison officer, keeper, incarcerator, captor, sentry
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