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n. pl. tip·staves (-stāvz′, -stăvz′) or tip·staffs
1. A staff with a metal tip, carried as a sign of office.
2. An officer, such as a bailiff or constable, who carries a tipstaff.

[Alteration of tipped staff.]
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1. (Law) a court official having miscellaneous duties, mostly concerned with the maintenance of order in court
2. a metal-tipped staff formerly used as a symbol of office
[C16 tipped staff; see tip1, staff1]
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(ˈtɪpˌstæf, -ˌstɑf)

n., pl. -staves (-ˌsteɪvz)
1. an attendant or crier in a court of law.
2. a staff tipped with metal, formerly carried as a badge of office, as by a constable.
3. any official who carried such a staff.
[1535–45; shortened form of earlier tipped staff]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tipstaff - staff with a metal tip carried as a sign of office by e.g. a bailiff or constable
staff - a rod carried as a symbol
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n (Brit Jur) → ˜ Ordnungsbeamte(r) m/-beamtin f
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Someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the tipstave has a history that predates the truncheon.
While it might well have served as a means of self-defence, the main purpose of the tipstave was to prove the individual carrying it had a right to the office and to assist him in serving a warrant for arrest or seizure of property.
THE examples illustrated are from banker, the late Mr Ralph Leyland's collection of 126 tipstaves and truncheons, which will be sold at The Canterbury Auction Galleries on Wednesday December 9.