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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 are the standing army, and the militia, jailers, constables, posse comitatus, etc.
Seven years have elapsed and I am still a prisoner, and -- if I except the occasional visits of my brother -- debarred from all companionship save that of my jailers.
A light appeared under the door; this light announced the reappearance of her jailers.
In the Bastile one talks politics only with soldiers and jailers, and you have not an idea, my lord, how little is known of what is going on by people of that sort; I am of Monsieur de Bassompierre's party.
Impossible," said Gourville, "unless we could corrupt the jailers.
Indifferently I groped for it, thinking it but some new invention of my jailers to add to my sufferings.
My jailers, however, had been kind enough to leave me a lantern, which, set upon the ground (like my mattress), would afford a warning, if not a protection, against the worst; unless I slept; and as yet I had not lain down.
Whatever his jailers considered that he needed was conveyed to his cell by night through a wicket.
Between men and himself, the condemned man felt a pile of stones and jailers weighing down upon his head; and the entire prison, the massive bastille was nothing more than an enormous, complicated lock, which barred him off from the rest of the world.
They glide into the acquainted room when day and night, their jailers, are in the grip, and whisper, "How is it with you, my child?
By the end of my second month in prison, one of the jailers made himself known as a revolutionist in touch with the organization.
But I was doomed to live and in two months found myself as awaking from a dream, in a prison, stretched on a wretched bed, surrounded by jailers, turnkeys, bolts, and all the miserable apparatus of a dungeon.