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also jail·or  (jā′lər)
One whose responsibility is keeping a jail.


(ˈdʒeɪlə) ,




a person in charge of prisoners in a jail


or jail•or

(ˈdʒeɪ lər)

1. a person in charge of a jail.
2. a person who forcibly confines another.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jailer - someone who guards prisonersjailer - someone who guards prisoners  
keeper - someone in charge of other people; "am I my brother's keeper?"
law officer, lawman, peace officer - an officer of the law


noun guard, keeper, warden, screw (slang), captor, warder, turnkey (archaic) The chief said someone slugged the jailer and opened the cell.


also jailor
A guard or keeper of a prison:
British: warder.


[ˈdʒeɪləʳ] Ncarcelero/a m/f


[ˈdʒeɪlər] ngeôlier/ière m/f


nGefängniswärter(in) m(f), → Gefängnisaufseher(in) m(f)


gaoler (Brit) [ˈdʒeɪləʳ] ncarceriere m



(dʒeil) noun
(a) prison. You ought to be sent to jail for doing that.
to put in prison. He was jailed for two years.
ˈjailer, ˈjailor, ˈgaoler noun
a person who has charge of a jail or of prisoners. The jailer was knocked unconscious in the riot.
ˈjailbird, ˈgaolbird noun
a person who is or has often been in jail.

to put a criminal in jail or gaol (not goal).
References in classic literature ?
They could not flee; their jailer had but left the door ajar in mockery, and stood behind it to watch them stealing out.
As night approached, it proving impossible to quell her insubordination by rebuke or threats of punishment, Master Brackett, the jailer, thought fit to introduce a physician.
But the jailer said, "Come, boys, it is time to lock up"; and so they dispersed, and I heard the sound of their steps returning into the hollow apartments.
The jailer furnishes coffee, mornings, for a small sum; dinners and suppers may be ordered from outside if the prisoner chooses--and he is allowed to pay for them, too.
If I could have seen my mother alone, I should have gone down on my knees to her and besought her forgiveness; but I saw no one, Miss Murdstone excepted, during the whole time - except at evening prayers in the parlour; to which I was escorted by Miss Murdstone after everybody else was placed; where I was stationed, a young outlaw, all alone by myself near the door; and whence I was solemnly conducted by my jailer, before any one arose from the devotional posture.
Raoul thought that she would propose a stroll in the country, far from that building which he detested as a prison whose jailer he could feel walking within the walls.
No sound reached me from the world above and no word would my jailer vouchsafe when my food was brought to me, although I at first bombarded him with questions.
Besides, to do all this, time is necessary-- months, years; and she has ten or twelve days, as Lord de Winter, her fraternal and terrible jailer, has told her.
And before Dantes could open his mouth -- before he had noticed where the jailer placed his bread or the water -- before he had glanced towards the corner where the straw was, the jailer disappeared, taking with him the lamp and closing the door, leaving stamped upon the prisoner's mind the dim reflection of the dripping walls of his dungeon.
Then the question was put to him who was the best jailer in all the prisons in France.
As he would hear not another word in their favor, the prisoners were now led away, and clapped into a dungeon, where the jailer advised them to go to sleep as soon as possible, because the Minotaur was in the habit of calling for breakfast early.
My name is Colonel Townley: if I can help you in anything, ask the jailer for my address and come to me.