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Meaning of tipstaff

tip•staff

Pronunciation: (tip'staf", -stäf"), [key]
— pl. -staves -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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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