Pronunciation: (tip'staf", -stäf"), [key]
—pl. -stavesPronunciation: (-stāvz"), [key] -staffs.
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.
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