Meaning of BAIL in English


I. ˈbāl noun

Etymology: Middle English baille, from Anglo-French, bucket, from Medieval Latin bajula water vessel, from feminine of Latin bajulus porter, carrier

Date: 14th century

: a container used to remove water from a boat

II. verb

Date: 1613

transitive verb

1. : to clear (water) from a boat by dipping and throwing over the side — usually used with out

2. : to clear water from by dipping and throwing — usually used with out

intransitive verb

: bail out 2

bail ed when things got hard

• bail·er noun

III. noun

Etymology: Middle English, custody, bail, from Anglo-French, literally, handing over, delivery, from baillier to give, entrust, hand over, from Latin bajulare to carry a burden, from bajulus porter, carrier

Date: 15th century

1. : the temporary release of a prisoner in exchange for security given for the due appearance of the prisoner

2. : security given for the release of a prisoner on bail

3. : one who provides bail

IV. transitive verb

Date: 1548

1. : to release under bail

2. : to procure the release of by giving bail — often used with out

3. : to help from a predicament — used with out

bail ing out impoverished countries

• bail·able adjective

V. noun

Etymology: Middle English beil, baile, probably from Old English * begel, *bygel ; akin to Middle Dutch beughel iron ring, hilt guard; akin to Old English būgan to bend — more at bow

Date: 15th century


a. : a supporting half hoop

b. : a hinged bar for holding paper against the platen of a typewriter

2. : a usually arched handle (as of a kettle or pail)

VI. transitive verb

Etymology: Anglo-French baillier

Date: 1768

: to deliver (personal property) in trust to another for a special purpose and for a limited period

VII. noun

Etymology: perhaps from bail (V)

Date: 1844

chiefly British : a device for confining or separating animals

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