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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 ?
Goodnight." 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.
With the first dawn of day the jailer returned, with orders to leave Dantes where he was.
When the jailer received this new inmate, and saw from the warrant the name and station of his prisoner, he muttered with his turnkey smile, --
"Yes, monsieur, he is indeed very wretched," said the jailer; "but it is his parents' fault.
From the county jail where he had been confined to await his trial he had escaped by knocking down his jailer with an iron bar, robbing him of his keys and, opening the outer door, walking out into the night.
A jailer stood reclining against the dock-rail, tapping his nose listlessly with a large key, except when he repressed an undue tendency to conversation among the idlers, by proclaiming silence; or looked sternly up to bid some woman 'Take that baby out,' when the gravity of justice was disturbed by feeble cries, half-smothered in the mother's shawl, from some meagre infant.
Go to the prison—there are none in this pace to harm thee—give this note to the jailer, and, when thou seest Bumppo, say what thou wilt to the poor old man; give scope to the feeling of thy warm heart; but try to remember, Elizabeth, that the laws alone remove us from the condition of the savages; that he has been criminal, and that his judge was thy father.”
"If the others go, I go, too," said Pinocchio to the Jailer.
The Gallipoot made a signal and at once his attendants picked up General Guph and carried him away to a prison, where the jailer amused himself by sticking pins in the round fat body of the old Nome, to see him jump and hear him yell.
He heard a door on the corridor close; the jailer had just left, not condescending to reply a single word.
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.
"And, this being the prison, and you the jailer, it is my duty to place the prisoner in your charge."