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sheriff

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noun sher·iff \ˈsher-əf\

Simple Definition of sheriff

  • : an elected official who is in charge of enforcing the law in a county or town of the U.S.

  • : the highest official in a county or shire in England or Wales who represents the king or queen and who attends ceremonies and has legal duties

  • : the most important judge in a county or district in Scotland

Full Definition of sheriff

  1. :  an important official of a shire or county charged primarily with judicial duties (as executing the processes and orders of courts and judges)

sher·iff·dom play \-əf-dəm, -təm\ noun

Origin of sheriff

Middle English shirreve, from Old English scīrgerēfa, from scīr shire + gerēfa reeve — more at shire, reeve


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with sheriff



SHERIFF Defined for Kids

sheriff

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noun sher·iff \ˈsher-əf\

Definition of sheriff

  1. :  the officer of a county who is in charge of enforcing the law




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