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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 bai·liff /ˈbeləf/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bail·iff n.
 1. Originally, a person put in charge of something; especially, a chief officer, magistrate, or keeper, as of a county, town, hundred, or castle; one to whom powers of custody or care are intrusted.
    Lausanne is under the canton of Berne, governed by a bailiff sent every three years from the senate.   --Addison.
 2. Eng. Law A sheriff's deputy, appointed to make arrests, collect fines, summon juries, etc.
 Note:In American law the term bailiff is seldom used except sometimes to signify a sheriff's officer or constable, or a party liable to account to another for the rent and profits of real estate.
 3. An overseer or under steward of an estate, who directs husbandry operations, collects rents, etc. [Eng.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : an officer of the court who is employed to execute writs and
          processes and make arrests etc.