catchpole or catchpoll

catchpole or catchpoll
A bailiff; a constable.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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  • catchpole — or catchpoll [kach′pōl΄] n. [ME cacchepol & Late OE cæcepol, tax gatherer < Anglo Fr cache pol, lit., chicken chaser < ML cacepollus < * cacere (< VL * captiare: see CATCH) + L pullus, fowl: see POULTRY] [Brit. Historical] a sheriff s …   English World dictionary

  • catchpole — or catchpoll noun Etymology: Middle English cacchepol, from Anglo French cachepole, literally, chicken chaser, from cacher + pol chicken, from Latin pullus more at catch, pullet Date: before 12th century a sheriff s deputy; especially one who… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • catchpoll — noun see catchpole …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • catchpole — catchpolery, catchpollery, n. /kach pohl /, n. (formerly) a petty officer of justice, esp. one arresting persons for debt. Also, catchpoll. [bef. 1050; ME cacchepol, late OE caecephol < ML cacepollus tax gatherer, lit., chase fowl, equiv. to cace …   Universalium

  • catchpole — /ˈkætʃpoʊl/ (say kachpohl) noun (in medieval England) a petty officer of justice, especially one who made arrests for debt. Also, catchpoll. {Middle English cachepol, Old English kæcepol, from Medieval Latin cacepollus chase fowl. See catch,… …  

  • catchpoll — noun see catchpole …   Useful english dictionary

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